Readings: Gen 41:55-57, 42:5-7a, 17-24a, Mt: 10:1-7
Pope Francis took a bold step in asking the Priests and Religious to go to the peripheries to share the good news and restore life. The gospel of today is again a reminder to all Christians to have a preferential love and compassion to the lost sheep, as Jesus summons His disciples to go in search of the lost sheep of Israel and not even to the Samaritans and Gentiles. He makes this point very clear, that they are to go to the lost sheep. By telling this Jesus expresses His purpose of coming; to go after the one lost over the other ninety nine who are safe.
To fulfill God’s mission, today we need not go in search of the peripheries of the world. The peripheries are in our next door. It would be enough to recollect our own life to find, who our preferences in life are. More often we go after the elite and well to do of the society and seek the company of the best, while, leave aside the downtrodden and those who are troublesome to us. But the gospel of today invites us to have a love towards those who are at the peripheries of the society, due to their social status, economic problems, sickness and upbringing. A kind word, a compassionate action might bring change in their lives. So that the good news of Christ may bring change in their lives and bring a reflex change in our lives too.