July 8, Friday, 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Daily readings: Hosea 14:2-10 Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23
To confront the "reality of wolves" in our mission, a true disciple of Jesus must be entirely devoted to the Lord.
Jesus reminded his disciples of the persecution that they would face. “I send you like a sheep among wolves.”
The wolf wants to eat the flesh of others except for its meat. The wolves are cruel, and the lamb is meek and straightforward. The lamb eats the grass and leaves of the tree.
In this world, there can be human beings like wolves and lambs. Those who follow the will of evil spirits will be like wolves. Those who do the will of God will be like lambs.
The cruelties of the wolves and the devil's temptations can affect the disciples and all of us. People like wolves will persecute and kill those who are lambs alike. It can discourage us, but God assures us that if we are faithful until the end, we will share in all that belongs to Christ (Hebrews 3:14).
It can be changed within us, sometimes to be the wolf and sometimes to be the lamb. We must destroy the wolves' attitude and maintain the lamb's spirit.
When we are sent into the wolves as the disciples, we need to rely on our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, so that He may protect us in our mission.
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