“Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me”! Matthew 10:38. Jesus continues to prepare the twelve for the continuation of his mission. He is both “teacher” and “master”. We are His disciples. There is so much to learn that we should never ourselves up as authorities independent of Jesus.
In fulfilling our duties as disciples of Christ, there will be challenges along the way. Do not be intimidated. We live in a time where all ungodly and godly behaviour are perceived in society. Now is the time to proclaim all that Jesus has told his disciples and us in verse twenty-seven of the appointed gospel for today.
Do not fear your oppressors for they can only end your physical life; rather hold God in awe, for he can “destroy” you totally if you do not do his will. God cares for the life of even a sparrow sold as food in the market), so “do not be afraid” of losing the real life.
Honest and forthright witness – and outright refusal to do so – will have eternal consequences. At the Last Day, Jesus will testify to the Father for those who have witnessed faithfully; he will declare those who turn against the gospel unworthy of life in the Kingdom.
What do you hear God is calling you to do? Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. The kingdom of God has come very near us, and when we suffer—and we will—we have the church, the Christian community where we “bear one another’s burdens,” as St. Paul said (Galatians 6:2).
In this Christian life, we are not spared from suffering, but when we suffer, God suffers along with us. And this suffering helps prepare us for eternal glory.
Prayer for St. Peter and St. Paul
Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.