Reading of The Day
A reading from the Book of the prophet Hosea
HOS 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Israel is a luxuriant vine
whose fruit matches its growth.
The more abundant his fruit,
the more altars he built;
The more productive his land,
the more sacred pillars he set up.
Their heart is false,
now they pay for their guilt;
God shall break down their altars
and destroy their sacred pillars.
If they would say,
“We have no king”—
Since they do not fear the LORD,
what can the king do for them?The king of Samaria shall disappear,
like foam upon the waters.
The high places of Aven shall be destroyed,
the sin of Israel;
thorns and thistles shall overgrow their altars.
Then they shall cry out to the mountains, “Cover us!”
and to the hills, “Fall upon us!”“Sow for yourselves justice,
reap the fruit of piety;
break up for yourselves a new field,
for it is time to seek the LORD,
till he come and rain down justice upon you.”
Gospel of The Day
From the Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.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.’”
Wednesday of 14th Week in Ordinary Time
God’s Word for Us
Dear People of God,
The Word of God today recounts how Jesus chose to call the twelve apostles and he named each one of them. Each apostle is specially chosen by God and has a different role in God’s work. The twelve apostles are God’s extended arms in order to go out to help souls, go out to reap the harvest to bring back to God. And when they left, the apostles were given His power and strength by God, having full authority over Satan, to drive out the demons who were fighting and robbing the souls of God’s children.
Because of God’s love for humanity, he chose and sent his apostles to continue carrying out the mission of evangelizing God, calling everyone to repent because the Kingdom of Heaven has come near. After the twelve apostles were given a special mission by God who commanded and sent them out: “Go, brethren, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” God knows that the lost sheep of the house of Israel are suffering, being bound by Satan.
He also admonished his disciples: Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.” The pagan territory is a place where human spirits worship Satan; they will not obey God’s call to abandon Satan worship and return to Him. Therefore, He instructed the apostles: to do well the work God gave them, they must go to the lost sheep, help them return to God because they are lost, are far away from God. God. Now, he sends his apostles to them, bearing the image of the dead and risen Jesus Christ, a loving Jesus Christ to love, to share, to bring back the lost sheep to God.
To continue the mission of the apostles, today at The Father’s House, God also sent the twelve stones that are the apostles in this age, the age of the Holy Spirit. They seek out the lost sheep, to help them return to God. The apostles of the Lord, carrying inside them a loving Jesus Christ to warm the hearts of lost sheep who were cold, in need of God’s help. Embark on a road trip! Go out and fulfill the mission God has given you to lead many lost sheep back to God’s love. God always watches, accompanies, provides for and protects God’s apostles on the way to preach the Gospel. Therefore, He sent the apostles to go away with peace of mind, to lead as many souls to God every day, so that they could enjoy happiness with their merciful Father.
Thanks be to God. Amen.