Reading I: Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26a
Responsorial: Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-33
Jesus instructs his disciples in today's gospel that 'the disciple is not superior to his teacher'. What does this mean? This struck me as unique as most people feel that their philosophy excels those around them. But we have to stop and come to realize who Jesus is...he is the Son of God - his wisdom 'is' ... meaning he is present before the world existed...he is present today...and he is present after the world has gone. He has no beginning or end.
So to be a disciple of Jesus and to 'grow to be like his teacher'...means we should strive to be everything that Jesus taught. With his grace, we can strive to achieve a closeness with God that we have never been capable of before. To be an adopted son of God - to be able to jump on the Father's lap and talk in a familiar language with God - and be open to the teachings we are capable of attaining. Doesn't what Christianity offer us make you want to shout with joy and love? Our capacity to grow and excel is only limited by our own fears, anxieties and limitations.
We have to remember ...that it isn't easy. Jesus repeatedly tells us 'do not be afraid'. In our daily struggles with ourselves and others, we have to stop and trust in him...we have to ask for guidance and help from the man that knows the difficulty of being human...and yet never gave up on what he knew...to have the love and be in communion with God.
We are never alone. Keep steadfast in your faith and pray.