Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and the 120 Martyred Companions from 1648-1930 in China
Book of Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30, Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40, & Matthew 10:16-23
The Wolf and the Lamb by Jean Baptiste Oudry, circa 1755-1760.
Today’s psalm provides the theme for all of the readings; “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.” Several other topics emerge, such as famine, strife, drought, immigration, estrangement, reconciliation, nation-building, political favors, and fear of the unknown.
We are all familiar with the story of Jacob when God tells him to relocate his people in Egypt, and all of their trials will be eased. God not only assured Jacob that he and his people would travel in safety but that He would be with them. The story has a happy ending with the large family reunited, cared for, safe, and able to thrive. God was indeed with them. “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.” The lesson for us is to forgive, love one another, and always travel with the Lord God.
Our Gospel narrative from Saint Matthew goes directly to the point. The disciples are sent like “sheep among wolves” to spread the Word of Jesus. The wolves represent individuals who would hand them over to the authorities, scourge them, stone them and even bring them to trial as blasphemers. Our Lord assures the disciples that they would be able to defend themselves properly. When the time of persecution comes, the Spirit of the Father will speak through them. Just as Jacob in the Book of Genesis, God will travel with them in their ministry.
The reminder that we will be tested because of our faith could frighten many; however, we are assured that the Father is with us. Our consolation is that we are never alone as we face the burdens of our life.
As you continue your journey of life, always remember that God has promised to be with you, to be your guide, and to help you find the courage to spread His Holy Word.
After all, “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.”
Question of the Day: How will you respond to the “wolves” of this world as your faith is tested?
Prayer: “When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you to all truth and remind you of all I told you.”