Mommy Mantra July 9: Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12, Matthew 10:1-7 In Hosea the more prosperous Israel becomes the more temples more worship of God. Jesus calls a “new” Twelve tribes to continue his work. Hosea points out the falseness of the worship that has become like lip service. Hosea calls Israel to sow justice and reap piety. Jesus continues that call when he gathers the Twelve to be the new tribes of Israel. They do tie together.

Yesterday Jesus is moved to pity for the people worn down by exhaustion. These people, in some translations, are said to be harassed and torn apart and not by walking, something else is at foot. Today Jesus has called his twelve, and by extension us, to continue his work; and when I think about that the image that comes to mind is the mom at the sink at the end of the day. After doing all she is called to do in a day she still has more! We know that there is much to do for the kingdom but right now this labourer is harassed and torn apart by life. If we do not care for ourselves our worship can become like lip service because we just don’t have any more to give; we gave it all to our children, our spouses, our work. That is something that is too often missed; that we as moms, labourers for the kingdom must take time to rest. We must find time to find our authority: to understand our calling and how Jesus is calling us. We need to be shepherded – guided. Before Jesus sends out the Twelve to have authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness, he builds them up. He gives them what they need. Too often as moms we ignore that very vital part of being a labourer; we just jump in with both feet and then find ourselves lying prostrate from physical and spiritual exhaustion. That is when we can feel shepherd-less, lost, confused and mostly frustrated – lost sheep. Today let’s pray that when we become exhausted either physically, spiritually, or both; that we take it as a sign we need to be shepherded

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