Friday, 10 July 2015

The worst (or best) job description

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister (No.138)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 10:16-23
“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 

When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time;  for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;  and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 

When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."   

Have you ever scoured the papers for a new job and found words like flogged, hated, persecuted and betrayed in the job description? 
I doubt that such a position would attract many applicants – yet this is exactly what Jesus says is in store for those who choose to be his disciple. We know that many people across the world down through the centuries have chosen just this, so there must be more to the story.
In some parts of the world, persecution for being a disciple is unimaginably brutal and heartless. The warnings Jesus gives are not too far from their experience. 
But what does this mean for you and I who don't live under such ruthless persecution?
Today's reading reminds us that no matter what situations we find ourselves in, we can trust that we will be given the words to speak. 
We may experience fear of being a disciple; either in the workplace, university, with a friend or family member or in any other situation.  Be assured that the Spirit of God will give us the words to speak, just as He does with those in more volatile circumstances.  
In what situation am I invited to take courage and remember that I will be given the words to speak?

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister