(Gen 46:1-7,28-30, Mt 10:16-23).
The Gospel of Matthew Chapters 1 & 2 tells us about the birth & infancy of Jesus, Chapters 3 & 4 about the beginning of his Public Ministry; Chapters 5, 6 & 7 dwell on his “Magna Carts”- The Sermon on the Mount; while Chapters 8 & 9 presents the TEN MIRACLES OF OUR LORD.
Now in Chapter 10 which we are reflecting now, HE CHOSE & ENTRUSTED HIS MISSION TO 12 APOSTLES FOR CONTINUITY & CONSISTENCY. He not only empowered them to teach, heal the sick, cast out demons, etc; HE ALSO GAVE THEM THE RULES OF THE GAME FOR VICTORY TO BE ATTAINED:
(1) Travel light – no haversack, spare tunic, etc!
(2) You received without charge, give without charge.
(3) Be ready for trials, tribulations, persecutions, HATRED, etc; because at the mention of MY NAME (JESUS), EVERY KNEE & TONGUE WILL NOT ONLY BOW & CONFESS, BUT THEY WILL HATE YOU & COME AFTER YOU.
Brethren, experience they say is the BEST TEACHER, hence, the dictum: WHAT AN ELDER SEES WHILE SITTING DOWN, A LITTLE CHILD CANNOT EVEN IF HE CLIMBS THE TALLEST OF ALL TREES.
Jesus was preparing them for the tasks ahead from EXPERIENCE. And so he says to them today: BE LIKE SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES! So long as we continue to behave as sheep, we are victorious & shall conquer even when surrounded by ten thousand Wolves. But the moment we become wolves, we are conquered, FOR WE LOSE THE HELP OF THE SHEPHERD. HE IS THE SHEPHERD OF SHEEP, NOT WOLVES.
Finally beloved, Jesus says to them, THE ONE WHO ENDURES TO THE END WILL BE SAVED (Mt 10:22).
Are you also been persecuted or hunted by the State, rejected by the Religious establishment & ridiculed by YOUR OWN FRIENDS & FAMILIES? Hang on, don’t lose your grip, Our God is a God who journeys with his people. He is with you in that ugly situation, do not despair, do not quit because quiters don’t win & winners don’t quit.
YOUR VICTORY & MINE VICTORY IS ON THE WAY! GOD BLESS YOU!
About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in an daily life. He writes his Daily Chewing Sticks to spread God’s word electronically to all.
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