Catholic Men’s Daily Devotional and Bible Study – 14th Week in Ordinary time – Thursday – Matthew 10:7-15
Continuing His Missionary Sermon after calling the 12 Apostles to evangelize the 12 Tribes of Israel and giving them the authority and power to do so (Matt 10:1-7), Christ now offers specific instructions about how the Apostles are to carry out that mission. Their mission is to announce that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and to “cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and drive out demons.”
Christ gives the Apostles the mindset an evangelist must have. They are to offer Christ’s gifts of healing without cost. They are to be completely reliant on Christ to provide for them in their mission work, taking no money or provisions.
Christ then gives the Apostles precise tactical instructions upon entering a village. They are to identify, build a relationship and stay with a worthy man. They are to bless those who are willing and to publicly rebuke (to shake off the dust) those who are unwilling. Ominously, Jesus using the destruction of Sodom for rampant homosexual sin as an warning of the punishment that will come to those who reject the Gospel.
Awed by Jesus Christ – Almighty King and Lord, Christ grants authority and the mission to His 12 Apostles to announce His Kingdom and to perform impossible acts; He gives precise and directive instructions as to the mindset and tactics the Apostles are to use. Person of the Trinity, Christ has personal knowledge of the destruction of Sodom; Divine Judge, Jesus warns of the horrific destruction of those who reject the Gospel and reaffirms the destruction of Sodom.
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) The Divine King, Jesus is the greatest leader of men ever. Marvel at how Jesus not only commands His Apostles to act, but provides precise instructions about how to evangelize, guidance that continue to bear fruit today in His worldwide Catholic Church.
2) Christ’s first directive to the Apostles is to preach, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”; The Kingdom had arrived with Christ and remains a reality, often unrecognized, in the world today. Reflect on you acceptance of Christ’s Kingdom and pray for Christ to make you into the heroic Catholic man He calls you to be.
3) The Apostles were lean, mean, evangelizing machines. Sadly, the poverty, missionary zeal and personal accountability for converting souls the Apostles embraced has not taken root in many Catholic priests and lay men. Pray for Christ to send the Holy Spirit to help you make disciples for Christ.
Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers
Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Luminous Mysteries
Daily Devotion – The Holy Eucharist
Virtue of the Day – Fortitude
Corporal Work of Mercy – To shelter the homeless
Spiritual Work of Mercy – To bear wrongs patiently