MASS FOR TWELFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (A)


Dear friends. For the past three months of pandemic, a phrase we see a lot on posters, hear much on the radio and TV and use at the end of text messages is ‘STAY SAFE’. It is a phrase that speaks of the need to protect ourselves and others from this awful virus.

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However, when Jesus sends out his disciples on their mission, he does not tell them to ‘STAY SAFE’. In fact, he tells them the opposite. He predicts that they will not be safe. He warns them that they will suffer for being faithful to him and his word. Some of them will lose their lives. Remarkably, having said this, he urges them not to be afraid of death because the loss of our lives is not the worst fate that can happen to them: ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell’.

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