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, ,1;he Message- for.Catholics ofSoutbwestem,lod/ana mentary-- ly life and Christian mission: A promise to all who assist GOspel Commentary for 30, 1996: Thirteenth Sun- ry Time: Cycle A: 10:37.42 The gospel reading is part of SeCond of five great sermons of' COnstructed by Matthew fbr He Uses sayings of m that were handed down the teaching of the Chris- and combines these with their development in over a period of' about He also uses ideas from It and from a h)st that is a chief source of material for both Luke. This second great sermon of is called "the missionary sermon." It is a set used by the churches for the men out by these same churches to pro- and the Christian way of life. very brief collection of sayings that consti- gospel is concerned with the tensions that would normally arise between the a traveling Christian missionary and obli- y life. As we know, celibacy was not when Matthew wrote his gospel. Some solved the problem between mission- mily life by taking their spouses with gives us examples: "the other apos- the brothers of the Lord and Cephas obviously traveled as families. our various gospels are clear about By FATHER DON DILGER COLUMNIST what was considered the proper pecking order of values for Chris- tian missionaries: "Those who love father or mother more than me are not worthy of me. Those who love son and daughter more than me are not worthy of me." What Matthew claims here fi)r Jesus is the same claim made by Yahweh in the Old Testament: "You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your might." These words are part of the "Shema" or brief Jewish creed professing the oneness of God and God's claim of total lordship over humankind. As always in the New Testament, there are other Old Testament concepts that feed into the statements of Jesus found in the gospels. In the mat- ter of God taking precedence over family, there were men and women in Old Testament times who for life or for a time were consecrated or consecrated them- selves to service of God. They were called "Nazirites." The Torah directed that in the case of death of father or mother of a Nazirite, a Nazirite was not to even go near the body of father or mother, fior brother or sister. A second example: among the children of Jacob, those descended from Levi were set apart for the sanctuary. Of Levi it is written: ".. who said of his father and mother, 'I regard them not.' He disowned his brothers and ignored his chil- dren. For they, (i.e. the Levites) observed your word and kept your covenant." Finally, when the prophet Elijah calls young Elisha to follow him, he insists that Elisha leave father and mother behind. Such are the Old Testament influences at work in the for- mation of this part of Matthew's gospel. Matthew recognizes the conflicts between mis- sionary life and family life when he adds a saying of Jesus about taking up the cross. Those conflicts are the cross to which he refers and those who do not carry it "are not worthy of me." There is a promise attached: "Those who find their life will h)se it, but those who lose their life for my sake will find it." Here Matthew expresses in other words what he expressed in the Sermon on the Mount: "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well." The missionary instructions end with a promise of reward for those who assist Christian missionaries because "those who receive you receive me, and those who receive me receive the one who sent me." Furthermore, those who recognize and help the ones who have a special call to proclaim the Christian message will receive the same reward as the Christian messengers themselves, for "even a cup of cold water given to one of these.. , because he is a disciple, shall not lose its reward." This last statement indicates that every Christian has a part in the proclamation of the kingdom of God, of the Christian message, the Good News. None should feel left out. The promise of reward to those wh0 "go on the road" is the same promise of reward made to those who assist them. 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They were married July 10, 1946, at St. Benedict Church by Father William Knapp. They are the parents of five children: Michael Wolf of Colorado Springs, Colo., Pam Schultheis of Somerset, Ky., and Debi Atchison, Tom Wolf and Chris Wolf, all of Evansville. They have eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Mr. Wolf retired from Stippler Tool and Supply Co., Inc., in 1989. Mrs. Wolf retired from the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation in 1989. Funeral Homes Four Convenient Locations EAST CHAPEL 800 S HEBRON AVENUE