• Maria Knox

THURSDAY OF THE FOURTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, JULY 9, 2020



MASS READINGS:


A Gospel according to MT 10:7-15


Jesus said to his Apostles:

“As you go, make this proclamation:

‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

Cure the sick, raise the dead,

cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.

Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.

Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;

no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,

or sandals, or walking stick.

The laborer deserves his keep.

Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,

and stay there until you leave.

As you enter a house, wish it peace.

If the house is worthy,

let your peace come upon it;

if not, let your peace return to you.

Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words--

go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.

Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable

for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment

than for that town.”


REFLECTION: "Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick."


Do we trust God?


Do we really, really, really, trust God?


Sometimes, I don't.


In the last few weeks God has shown me, in a kind way, to learn to trust Him.


First, I woke up with a horrific tooth ache in the middle of the night. The throbbing in my mouth/head was so bad, I figured I would need a root canal. I was more afraid of the cost, than the pain. At the end, after talking to the dentist, my allergies were the result of my problems. They were so bad that they were affecting my teeth. Over the counter antihistamines took care of it.


Then there was a couple of times all the warning lights in the car turned on. Took the car to the mechanic, and it just needed a battery. Easy fix.


In these, and other occasions, my first reaction was to become despondent. My second reaction was to put myself in God's hands, and just accept His will.


Not everything is going to be peachy all the time. In fact, my little doggy right now needs medical attention. We are unsure how we will handle school next August for the kids. Another worry is whether my husband and/or I will have work next week. Members of my family have had Covid 19. Will other members of our family catch covid-19 any time soon?


In today's gospel, Jesus sends out his disciples without money, extra supplies, or even a walking stick. He wants them to see for themselves what would happen if they just put their trust in Him.


God is simply telling us "trust in me".


For those who are PAPA members, how many times does the word "trust" appear in the handbook?


The future will always be unknown. But we are certain that God will always look after us. He will give us everything we need for our salvation. We accept His peace. We give His peace to others. His love is there for all of us.


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