Tuesday 26 April 2016

Wednesday of Week 14 Year 1

Every once in a while, I come across people who say that they have volunteered themselves to go to some seemingly remote country or place to preach the Good News. While it is commendable for people to offer their services and even their lives in such an endeavour, I sometimes wonder: what about the very people in our community, our own backyard, our own housing area, who may have not heard about the Good News? Have such aspiring missionaries made the effort to reach out to them? Or have some of these aspiring missionaries given up on their own people?

In today's Gospel, we are told: "These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: 'Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.' What Jesus is telling us is that basically, charity begins at home. While it may seem commendable to make big plans in  trying to preach the Good News to others, what about reaching out to our own families and friends first? Are some of us preaching the Good News selectively, thinking only of achieving a great success rate? Or are we preaching the Good News for the glory of God, regardless whether we are successful or not?

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