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Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

“Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, ‘Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: 'The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" (From Matthew 10:1-7)

The term “lost” is, in part, defined as, “…no longer belonging to…or ending in defeat.” There are a couple of things running through my mind today. If you find yourself feeling like you’re a loser or that you have nothing to contribute or that life has defeated you, please recall God’s promise that this is simply not true. You are a creation beyond human measure. It’s just, that, there are some days when we experience setbacks. That’s all they are. Setbacks. We will recover.

At the same time, I’m asking myself, who are the “lost” in my life? Who’s the person who feels more excluded, rather than included? The person who feels as if life has worn them down so much, that they don’t know if they can recover or not? Who is the person who feels as if they have lost their way and don’t know what to do next? In his words today, Jesus was very clear with the disciples as to the reality that there would be those who would not be open to them. His instruction to them was to seek out those who feel alone, those who feel “less than” their neighbor, those who wanted to know that things would get better.

My guess is, that, to give someone this kind of hope does not require a whole lot. Often it’s just a simple gesture of kindness and the offering of our time. Who might need this from us, so that they can end the day feeling a little less lost?

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