Matthew 10:1-7 NRSVue
1Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not take a road leading to gentiles, and do not enter a Samaritan town, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’,
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Some thoughts on this scripture
You called the apostles by name, Lord, and you call me too: Nelly or Nuala, Tim or Tom. For me too you have a mission. To be your follower is to bring good news, to lift the spirits of those I meet.
Help me, Lord, to be a source of blessings, to leave others more contented and hopeful than I found them.
Their names are still known – some of the most ordinary people of Galilee, a small place itself in a small country. Our names are in that list, in the mind of God and in the book of life. Called like them, we are partners with Jesus in the salvation of the world, in whatever corner of the globe we may find ourselves. In word and life we try to let others know that the kingdom of heaven and the love of God are very near.
The kingdom of heaven, or the reign of God, is near in the preaching and teaching of Jesus. It is near as something he brings, and as something we bring. We pray daily that his kingdom will come. How can I bring this reign of God alive in the world today? In the world where evil can easily reign, the reign of God comes only through people who believe strongly in the goodness of God's message in Jesus.
As I read this list of the apostles, I think of my name among them. I pray that I may accept the trust that Jesus has in me.
I can proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is nearby what I do, by the way I live. I can be an illustration of God’s presence, a splash of colour, an inspiration among those who may think of themselves as ‘lost sheep’.