Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:1–15
Context: In verses 1–4, Jesus begins to found the Church. He calls the Twelve to Himself and gives them spiritual authority and power. In verses 5–15, Jesus sends these newly empowered missionaries out on their mission to preach and to perform miracles. He also gives them detailed instructions on how they are to fulfill their mission.
Reflection: Either read and then meditate on each line by yourself or use these points to assist your meditation:
- “And he called to him his twelve disciples…” Ponder the personal nature of this calling. The Twelve were called to “him.” And they are referred to as “his” disciples.
- Reflect upon the type of authority they were given: “over unclean spirits, to cast them out” and “to heal every disease and every infirmity.”
- Read each name of the disciples and consider the uniqueness of who they were, their family, relationships, the people they influenced, etc.
- See also Judas. Jesus knew he would betray Him, but He called Judas anyway.
- Read verses 5–15 and imagine being one of the disciples. Listen carefully to each of Jesus’ instructions as if He were speaking directly to you. Try to apply those instructions to the way you are currently living. Are you embracing your call to share the Gospel in the way Jesus has called you?
Featured Image: Ghirlandaio, Domenico – Calling of the Apostles
Introduction to Meditations for Ordinary Time
- Baptism of the Lord
- Two Standards
- Three Classes of Men
- Calling of Apostles
- Wedding at Cana
- Cleansing the Temple
- Sermon on the Mount
- Calming the Storm
- Walking on Water
- The Apostles were Sent to Preach
- Conversion of Mary Magdalene
- How Christ Fed the Five Thousand
- Transfiguration of Christ
- Resurrection of Lazarus
- Supper in Bethany
- Three Ways of Humility
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