Catholc Men’s Daily Devotional and Bible Study – 14th Week in Ordinary time – Wednesday – Matthew 10:1-7
Christ has just told the disciples to pray for the “Lord of the Harvest” to send workers (Matt 9:36) and He immediately sends them, commissioning them in His Missionary Sermon (Matt 10). Having demonstrated His authority over Creation, Christ launches His first phase effort to evangelize all nations by delegating His authority to 12 hand-picked men; the Apostles (meaning “to be sent”) are granted authority and power to cast out demons and cure every disease and illness among the Israelites.
Christ’s selection and approach of picking 12 men is purposeful. Focusing 12 men to go to Israel symbolically represents Christ’s desire for the 12 tribes of the “lost sheep of Israel” to be the first to be healed and drawn into the Kingdom of God. Christ exclusively chooses men to establish a new priesthood for HIs New Covenant and to underscore the essential role that men must play in the Church. By mentioning Peter first, Jesus is signaling His intention to establish Peter as the first pope of the Church. Judas is mentioned last for he will go on to betray Christ.
Christ words have connections to Eden. Announcing “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” seeks to reestablish the divine order that existed at Eden. Demons, the followers of the Serpent of Eden, are to be cast out. Healing disease and illness among the “slain” (mistranslated as “lost”) alludes to the pain and death that started in Eden due to Original Sin.
Awed by Jesus Christ – The Son of God, Jesus has absolute dominion over Creation and grants both authority and power to His disciples. Divine Priest, Jesus establishes a new priesthood that continues in unbroken continuity 2000 years later; Peter becomes the first of the popes of the Church. Divine King, Jesus systematically develops His disciples by training them and testing them.
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) Though seldom considered, Jesus Christ is clearly the greatest leader in the history of mankind, for He established His Church that still thrives 2000 years on. Reading back through the Daily Devotions for Matthew chapters 8-9, marvel at how Jesus systematically develops the disciples.
2) In His endless Mercy, Christ has great compassion for the suffering of His children. Pray to Christ to heal family and friends who are suffering and the suffering of the whole world.
3) Speaking of patriarchy (the leadership/headship of men in families and society) brings scorn (e.g. “You sexist!”) in the modern culture. Remember that God is the Father, Jesus is the Son, The Holy Spirit is the spouse of the Holy Mother, Christ picks men to lead the Church and Paul designates men as “heads” of their household (1 Cor 11:3). Pray for Christ to help you fearlessly accept and live up to your God-given role as leader your family.
Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers
Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Glorious Mysteries
Daily Devotion – Saint Joseph
Virtue of the Day – Temperance
Corporal Work of Mercy – To visit the imprisoned
Spiritual Work of Mercy – To comfort the sorrowful