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Gospel Reflection:Matthew 10:40-42

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Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward. Matthew 10:40-42 NRSV



Earlier in Matthew 10, we see Jesus’ instructions on how to receive hospitality- we are to let our “peace come upon” the house. If there is inhospitality, “let your peace return to you.” (Matthew 10:12-13) I do not control another’s reaction or response. I can, however, control my own. I can redirect the interaction or leave it with my peace intact. Shaking off the dust (Matthew 10:140) means to let it end non-violently-without harmful words or actions. 
How to offer hospitality to others?  Jesus' words in Matthew 10:40-42 prob…

Gospel Reflection: Matthew 10:24-39

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A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they malign those of his household! So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will den…