Our most Blessed Saviour sends out the twelve – the twelve who are the foundation stones of the Church, the twelve wise companions who are witnesses to all He had done and all that He had taught. And He sends them out to His own people, to the Israelites – Israelites like themselves, instructions not to go either to the pagans or to the Samaritans, but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The Prophets had spoken about the Messiah, who would come from Israel and would be sent to Israel. Therefore Our Lord needed to certainly fulfil this prophecy, but also to give the Jews the opportunity to listen and to hear and to embrace the Gospel. Their rejection of the Gospel would not be because of anything the Lord failed to do, but on that hard heartedness that is spoken of them in so many places in the Old Testament, but the Lord also knows even as the Jews, the Israelites reject His message, the Gentiles will accept it, will embrace it, and so He will dissolve the two. The Jews were as the Gentiles so that there would be one people, one flock, one house namely built founded and guided by Christ Jesus Himself. He would be the cornerstone joining the two. But for the moment He sends the twelve out and He gives them instructions. They are to do something that no Prophet had ever done before. They are to proclaim the presence; the imminence of the kingdom of Heaven for it is close at hand. The prophets all spoke of temporal things of earthly things… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.