Gift: Counsel (Right Judgment) – With the gift of right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus.
Reading: You descendants of Abraham his servant, offspring of Jacob the chosen one! (Psalm 105:6)
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Matthew 10:7)
Observation: The above verses are taken from the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel respectively from the Mass readings for today. In the Gospel today, Matthew writes about Jesus calling the Apostles by name and the feeling that I got immediately is that He is calling us just like He called them to proclaim: “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As we hear in the 105th Psalm today as well, if we consider ourselves as descendents of Abraham, we should see our call just the same way that the Apostles did. Although not with the same sense of imminent doom of martyrdom, we do know that we are not on this earth for eternity, so we need to get to work right now proclaiming the kingdom of heaven is at hand and sharing the rest of the good news with anyone who will listen.
Personification: Modesty – No longer needing to impress other people with our power or degrees or connections or wealth. I am hearing this morning a call to spread the good news of the arrival of the kingdom of heaven to this world, and I recognize that it is not necessary to be someone who is respected or honored in this world to share this message. I hope that I can display the fruit of modesty in everything that I do today and for the rest of my life, so that more people can see the message as clearly coming from the Word and not from me.
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that first and foremost, I am called to share the good news of the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. Please keep me from focusing on my own intentions and allow me to focus on your will being done in my life today and for the rest of my life. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.