Friday of the 14th week in the ordinary time of the year A

Gen. 46: 1-7.28-30   Mat. 10:16-23

Theme: “Your endurance will save you”

In the gospel reading of today from St. Mathew, Jesus admonishes the Apostles as he is about to send them out as partakers of his ministry. He made it very clear that he is sending them into the world that is filled with so many possibilities, and they should be mindful of how they deal with the situations and people they encounter. He did not tell them that it was going to be an easy task, rather he presents to them the reality that awaits them. They must be able to read in between the lines, because they may encounter those who present what they are not in reality, wolves in sheep clothing. Simply put, don’t judge people based on face value, because it can be deceptive. Jesus made it very clear to them that wisdom is a necessity in their ministry, this will help them to make the right judgements as they encounter people and situations in their ministry. Be mindful of his assertion, “be wise as serpent and innocent as a dove”.

The assertion of Jesus in the gospel reading of today, is the same thing he is also presenting to all of us as his followers in our own time. The situation in the world has not really changed significantly and his words are very relevant today in our own time. One of the things that is very clear is the fact that our call to discipleship, is a journey of faith, and it is not an easy one because we must be ready to partake of the cross of Christ. It was a path that Jesus walked and is speaking from experience to all of us who are his followers. He is telling us the truth about the journey we have chosen to embark on as children of God. It is a journey that will truly challenge our faith in God and the level of our perseverance as followers of Christ.

Interestingly, Jesus points out the fact that as we encounter these challenges and difficulties in our journey of faith, we will never be alone, he will always be by our side to assist us whenever the need arises. This is a blessed assurance coming from Jesus Christ himself, he is ever faithful to his word and promises. Amidst all these difficulties and challenges that we may encounter on our way, we are assured that our endurance will win us salvation. This is very important, and we must be mindful of it all times, especially when the situation becomes more challenging, giving up should not be an option. Let us continue to trust in God and look up to him when we encounter the storms of life, trusting that he is with us. May the Lord bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Friday of the 14th week in the ordinary time of the year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp