Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

With faith, a woman touched Jesus’ cloak and received healing from Him, just as she had hoped. The Lord rewarded an official’s faith by bringing his daughter back to life. Crowds that followed Him seemed like sheep without a shepherd. Sending the Apostles to preach and heal in His name, Jesus thought of them like sheep among wolves. For the time being, at least, Jesus told the Twelve to avoid pagan towns. Whether denied welcome or detained for persecution, the Apostles should flee as soon as they could. He assured them of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and the heavenly Father’s care for them. When conversation around us contradicts our beliefs, do people gathered know where we stand?