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Jesus sends out the Twelve

First Reading and Psalm: Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-8
Gospel: Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)

Matthew 9:35-10:23

The workers are few

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’

Jesus sends out the Twelve

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and illness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 8 Heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. 9 ‘Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts – 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you; it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. 16 ‘I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time, you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 ‘Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.


37 Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

WORSHIP: More Than Life (Hillsong United)


1. What did Jesus see when he looked at the crowds? Have you ever felt this way towards strangers? What made you see them in this light?

2. What do you see when you look at your neighborhood, city, country, the world we live in? Name 5 words that describes the current reality.

3. What is the relationship between seeing, feeling and acting? What do you need to do to move from seeing a problem to acting on it?

4. What action can you take today to make it better for others? Check your motives before you commit to this. Is it selfless and God glorifying?

  • Monday, June 15: Psalm 126; Genesis 23:1-19; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
  • Tuesday, June 16: Psalm 126; Genesis 25:7-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
  • Wednesday, June 17: Psalm 126; Nehemiah 9:1-8; Luke 6:12-19
  • Thursday, June 18: Psalm 86:1-10; Exodus 12:43-49; Hebrews 2:5-9
  • Friday, June 19: Psalm 86:1-10; Genesis 35:1-4; Acts 5:17-26
  • Saturday, June 20: Psalm 86:1-10; Ezekiel 29:3-7; Luke 11:53-12:3