Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”
I would like to invite you to live this gospel as a good advice for a relational life, a life of communion and reconciliation. We can proclaim the Good News in our daily lives, by the way we build our social and family life, filled with love and reconciliation. Joseph in the first reading gives us a good example
Since every Christian is a member of this Kingdom of God, by living our baptismal life, we can easily assure the closeness of this Kingdom to our brothers and sisters. To live a life of love and forgiveness, we do not need money, but a deep and simple faith is necessary.
It is in this deep faith that we will discover the divine generosity in the generosity of people. Welcoming the support offered by the faithful, and using it as a gift from God for the proclamation of the Gospel, is an expression of our faith. If this proclamation is well received, let us give thanks to God. If it is rejected, let us leave everything to the Lord and continue to do good.
Action of the day: Depend on God alone.
«As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand»
Fr. Antonio BORDAS i Belmonte
(L’Ametlla de Mar, Tarragona, Spain)
Today, the Gospel invites us to evangelize, it says: “Preach” (Mt 10:7). The announcement is Jesus’ good news, trying to tell us about the kingdom of God, that He is our savior, sent by the Father to the world and for this reason, the only one who can renew us from within and change the society in which we live.
Jesus proclaimed that "The Kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Mt 10:7). He was the herald of the Kingdom of God that was present among men and women to the extent that good would advance and evil would retreat.
Jesus wants the whole man’s salvation, in body and in spirit; more so, by the enigma that concerns humanity, which is death, Jesus proposes the resurrection. When someone lives dead for a sin and recovers the grace, he will experience a new life. This is a great mystery that we begin to experience from our baptism; Christians are called to the resurrection!
Here’s a sample of how Pope Francis seeks the good of man: “This culture of waste has also made us insensitive to wasting and throwing out excess foodstuffs. There was a time when our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor, from the hungry!”
Jesus tells us to always be bearers of peace. When the priests brings the Communion to a sick person he says, 'Lord’s Peace to this house! ". And the peace of Christ remains there, if there are people worthy of it. To receive the gifts of God's kingdom one needs a good inner will. On the other hand, we also see many people making excuses for not receiving the Gospel.
We have a great task among men, and we cannot fail to preach the Gospel after having believed, because we live it and we want others to live it also.