September 26, 2018
(Ss. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs)
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. . . . Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” Lk_9:1-6
Unless we’re doctors, we may not be able to go out and cure people of their cancer, or diabetes, or heart ailments. But we can make recommendations, based on our own experiences, that might help relieve some of their pain and suffering: a little exercise, some healthy food, or maybe an aspirin or some Advil to soothe that headache.
You see, Jesus didn’t send His disciples out, just to be miracle workers. He sent them out to leave a Message. It was a message of hope for those who had faith strong enough to listen. It was a message of healing for those who would follow and obey. And it was a message of Love – the love of God for them to receive, and the love within themselves to offer to others.
And yet, Jesus also understood that not everyone would accept His Message. Some would take the healing miracles as magic and never go beyond that in faith. Some might never be healed because they lacked the faith to believe that their healing could actually happen. And others might choose to not even accept the disciples into their towns.
Jesus told His disciples that they couldn’t force – either the healing or the message on anyone. It had to be the people’s own free-will choice to accept them.
And it is the same with us, beloved. We can’t force people to read the Bible, even though WE have had the experience of witnessing it’s miracles in our own lives. We can’t force people to accept our recommendations – that lying and cheating and stealing will never bring them the happiness they seek, nor the salvation they expect, by hiding from the consequences of telling the truth . . . Where, in reality, the consequences of the LIE will always be far worse then the consequences, and even the benefits, of telling the truth.
In today’s world, a good majority of what we read in the press, what the politicians blame each other for, and what we hear on the television – are LIES. And all of that makes it very hard for us to truly know where the Good is and where it is not.
But one thing we DO know for sure, is that the Words of Jesus that we hear from the Bible and in our Church – are the absolute Truth, and the most perfect Good . . . All the rest is suspect.
And when we suspect that what we are hearing might be lies, that’s when we take Jesus’ advice to his disciples – to “shake the dust from our feet” and move on. If we can avoid allowing the mud of lies to muddy us – in our thoughts and in our words, then we will find ourselves living with the hope, and the healing, and the faith to trust in that Message of God’s Love;
It is a Message that we know in our hearts
to be the Truth, and the Light, and our Salvation.
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