FRIDAY, FOURTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Gen 46:1-7,28-30; Ps 37:3-4,18-19,27-28,39-40. Mt 10:16-23
HE LEADS US TO PASTURES GREEN
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone” opines Roy T. Bennett. We see in today’s readings two instances where people had to move out of their comfort zone. In the first reading, Jacob with all his family; i.e., sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters, live-stock, all that he had acquired in his land, moves into Egypt leaving the comfort zone of his homeland. Unlike Abraham who was a nomad, and Isaac who was semi-settled, Jacob was well settled in his territory, which was his secure zone.
In the Gospel, Jesus commissions his disciples saying “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.” The disciples had to leave the comfort zone of being with the Lord. Being with the Lord was like being sheep with the shepherd – safe and secure, confident and fearless. Now they are being sent among wolves by themselves.
In both cases, there was a divine purpose. It was to bring about a change in their life. Change for the better – to make them strong and more efficient. It was not a desertion from the part of God but an assertion that God is beyond time and space, an assertion that he is not a God of place but a faithful God of persons. That is why we hear in the Old Testament again and again that he is the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob.
Are we ready for a change, or are we quite comfortable with what we are and where we are? Change does not happen if we are stagnant. Being motionless means that we are held down by something. Settling down amounts to decay, stink and destruction. To reach our goal we need to move in a particular direction. Movement means we should be ready to give up something. Only by moving out of our comfort zone, can we fully experience and learn to trust the comfort of God’s presence in our lives.
Response: From the Lord comes the salvation of the just.
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