Gospel of Matthew 10: 1-7 Reflection:
One of the most noticeable aspects of God's behavior towards us is that he never leaves us in any doubt about who his representatives are on earth. First there was Adam, who let us all down, then Abram, Isaac and Jacob, and then David, Moses etc.
In today's gospel Jesus names the twelve people that he has chosen to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. But before he even names them he gives them authority.
Authority is the great sign of the person of God. The way that Jesus spoke with authority was what surprised the Pharisees most.
In this reading, the apostles received authority to cast out demons but at other times they are given the right to forgive sins.
Through all these readings we come to know that Jesus intended the church to be set up and the structure that it was to have.
Think for a moment, why does the world hate the church?
Simply because she speaks with the authority of God, and deep in the heart of every person, we all know that the church is right.
What else can a person who wants to do their own will do but hate the church; the church is a very sore thorn in their side! May we never distance ourselves from her or the Eucharist.