THEY ARE SENT…

Romans 10:9-18 
9 because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him.
13 For, “every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”14 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
15 And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!”16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have; for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”

Matthew 4:18-22

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

MEDITATION

St PAUL describe a cognitive and spiritual development process that is transformative because the believer is endowed with virtuous spiritual gifts. Upon following and applying the moral law of God, the adult believers soul is cleansed from the stain of sin. 

This process begins when the neophyte (learner) receive—“hear”or learn–the Gospel from someone (an apostle) who was; called, ordained and “sent” by Christ. Paul makes the point that this messenger of Christ can trace his roots all the way back to the first century when Christ called twelve men to leave everything to become fishers of men.

St MATTHEW found it nessesary to document that moment in time when Christ began to respond to His call to evangelize the culture by firstly recruiting twelve men, calling them to leave their temporal occupation, be transformed to harvest the souls of men and women of all nations for God.

Most strikingly, the father of the Zebedee brothers do not question, neither does he stop Christ from recruiting his two son’s, because he similarly recognized that Christ was indeed the long awaited Messiah. It would be reasonable to argue that Mr Zebedee had catechised and prepared his son’s for the day of the Lord. Parents are reminded to catechised our children; raise them up in the Catholic Apostolic faith for that day when they may be called to leave everything including parents or wealth, to become celibate righteous priests or religious brothers or sisters who are sent into the world to preach the gospel.

LET US PRAY:Psalms 19:8-11

8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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