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Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 10:1-7): Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

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.’”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we are witnessing an important moment in the creation of the Church: Jesus chooses His "first" apostles. Why "first", enclosed in quotation marks? Because God chooses us all! Those twelve, Peter, Andrew, Sebastian, John, and Philip... were the "first". But recently, the Church has experienced a profound change of mentality: all of us who are baptized are chosen, we are all apostles. It is a great honor!

--If we would take it seriously, can you imagine how this world could be changed?" But I, what can I do? To preach with our example: to work well, to obey well, to pray well, to love well, and to smile well...