This is Tuesday of the second week of Lent. The reading is Matthew 10:16-42. (If you want to listen, scroll to the bottom of that page for the audio links.)
Wright talks about the difficulties that will come to the disciples for following Jesus: “These words are uncomfortable. Jesus is telling them it’s going to be tough. Not just tough in the sense of hard work with no pay and an uncertain future. Tough in the sense that people are not going to like the message. In particular, in this passage, it’s clear that word is going to get back to the officials, whether in the Jewish communities or the wider world. And those officials may well take action.
Wright ends his comments by saying ” But for the moment they — and we, listening in — need to know that God’s purpose is going ahead and that we, caught up to our surprise within it, need to act urgently to play our part in sharing the good news of his kingdom.”
Josh Garrel’s song Rise touches on some of the difficulties (and victories) we experience in following Jesus.