In Matthew 10, Jesus sends his apostles as forerunners of his ministry among the people of Israel. The apostles were sent out as prophets, ambassadors of the one by whom they were sent. Total commitment is required, because though welcome would be the outcome at times so would rejection and persecution. The Christian disciple today shares in this prophetic mission of Christ by acting as his ambassadors in the world. This mission does not arise from the disciple but from sharing in the life of Christ, having died and risen with him in baptism (Romans 6). Growing in the life of the Holy Spirit throughout their lives, disciples become increasingly capable of preaching Christ in word and deed. Yet the life of an ambassador is not only one of telling but of listening as well: first to Jesus himself, then to those to whom he or she is sent, hearing the needs and desires of others first just as Elisha did for the Shunemmite woman (2 Kgs 4). The Christian disciple aspiring to be an ambassador must learn first to be in dialogue before expecting to introduce others to Christ.
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on June 28, 2020, 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time