July 8, 2015
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” Mt_10:1-7
Jesus sent his disciples out to preach to the ‘lost sheep’ of Israel. It’s funny how sometimes the lost sheep can be the most resistant to listening, and at other times they might even teach their teachers.
Sometimes the sheep may get lost because of their own stubbornness or because of a self-centered sense of independence, and sometimes getting lost may have been totally out of their control.
Today we heard a little piece of the middle of the story of Joseph and his brothers (Gn 41-42). You see, Joseph just happened to be one of those lost sheep. Yet, he wasn’t lost by his own doing. Joseph was lost because of the jealousy and hatred of his own kin, who sold him into slavery. And even though he was lost to his father Israel, he actually made the best of a bad situation, through his unwavering faithfulness to God. In the end, what we see is that it was really the brothers who were lost. Lost in years of guilt over what they had done to Joseph.
It’s funny how sometimes, when we go out seeking ‘the lost,’ we might even find ourselves in the process.
You see, Jesus wasn’t only sending His disciples out to preach the Good News of God’s Kingdom to others, He was sending them out to find that Kingdom themselves. This was the earliest beginnings of our Church.
If we take a preacher and place him or her in a building to preach, it doesn’t help anyone if no one is there to listen. And sometimes the greatest lesson learned, is the one the preacher receives back from the Community.
You see, we are all called to TELL others about this great Love of God for us, in Christ Jesus, but maybe even moreso, to FIND it – in one another.
That’s – the Kingdom of God!
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