July 9, 2020
Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
There is something coming that you cannot see. Something more wonderful than you can even imagine. A new life, a new world, with all the best you have now, and a million times more. And all the worst you have now – with never even a spark of remembrance of it!
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
The healing power of the Lord is upon you and with you and in you. Use it, not in a selfish manner, but in a giving and forgiving and thankful manner. For it is not yours to keep, but 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.
THIS is the true meaning of FAITH. Like St. Francis who gave it ALL to beg in the streets, who gave even what was given him for his own sustenance, we trust only in God who gives us all we need and the strength to carry on.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave.
You see, beloved, finding that “worthy person” is not always easy. The Disciples were sent to their own people, not to the heathen, not to the unbelievers, but to God’s own children (the Israelites). And yet, sometimes your own family will ignore or reject you, or even hate you. Sometimes their minds are so closed to anything but their own truth, that they are blind to God’s Truth, to their whole reason for life and breath and hope. Yes, we are to preach to the WHOLE world through our lives and our actions. And those seeds may someday find growth where we don’t immediately see it. But in the meantime, we NEED people who are worthy, people who are open, people who Love! And THEY are our Church!
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.
Ever notice, beloved, how that gift of peace can be burned up, or balled up and thrown right back in your face? Jesus is telling His Disciples and us not to let those rejections waste OUR peace by getting upset over them. We are the Givers, not the Gestapo, not the Fuller Brush salesmen. We’re not looking to sell anything other than God’s love for everyone – with no cost other than its acceptance. And if that love, that peace is not accepted, don’t lose it over the “unworthy.” Keep it! And keep on loving and giving to the next and the next and the next. And when we encounter those “unworthy” . . .
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.” Mt_10:7-15
Never forget, beloved, that the vengeance is NOT in our hands, but in God’s. And in the meantime . . . we pray for them – ANYWAY!
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