Exploring the Sunday Gospel - Second Sunday after Trinity
Today is the Second Sunday after Trinity. The reading from Matthew’s Gospel focuses our
attention on the twelve disciples whom Jesus called to be with him. In this passage the twelve
disciples were named and Jesus commissioned them to be apostles, that is people sent out in
his name to continue with his mission to proclaim the reign of God. To them Jesus gave
authority over unclear spirits, to cast them out, and to cure disease and sickness.
For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during
the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of friends. In today’s picture from their
book, Teddy Horsley meets Jesus’ Disciples, Teddy Horsley and Betsy Bear join Jesus and
the twelve disciples for their roll call and commissioning.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you chose twelve disciples
to be your close followers.
Call us to follow in their footsteps,
that we may work alongside them
to proclaim the reign of God in our world;
for you are our inspiration and our life.
Next Sunday is the Third Sunday after Trinity. In the reading from Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus
is equipping the apostles for their work. Jesus warns them that they can expect to be treated
no better than he himself is treated. They will be persecuted. Yet God will take care of them
just as God cares for the sparrows. The image to help prepare for this theme is companion
animals. You can find out more about that theme by looking at the Educational Resources
and the Preparation Resources.
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