Sunday Bible Reflection
In commissioning the apostles in today's Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church's mission after the resurrection.
His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the twelve tribes of Israel on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. The Israelites likewise were sent out with no bread...
If you know me at all, you know that I draw deep inspiration from the last chapter of Saint Luke’s Gospel. I love the story of the disciples’ walk with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. I imagine those disciples to be you and me. As we walk the road with him, he opens up the Scripture to us — and then he makes himself known to us in the breaking of the bread.
2 Timothy 4:6–8, 17–18
Today’s celebration of the great apostles Peter and Paul is a celebration of the Church. Peter’s deliverance from jail is compared to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Like Israel he is rescued at Passover from “the hand” of his enemy by an “angel of the Lord” after girding himself with...