Posted by: livingscripture | June 11, 2009

Tenth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Jesus said to the Twelve: ‘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.’

(Matthew 10, 7)

How should we live this Worddb_23-The_Healing_of_Bartimaeus_the_blind1[1]

 Today is the feast of St. Barnabas, the great friend and companion of St. Paul.  He too was a disciple of the Lord.  How does one become a disciple?  By letting the message and actions of Jesus become habitual!  In the Gospel, Jesus instructs His disciples.

 What does a disciple do?  How is a disciple recognized?  The disciples accomplish the same actions as Jesus did.  They heal the sick, raise the dead, purify lepers, and cast out demons.  They gratuitously announce what they have gratuitously received.  They do not procure gold, or sandals, or walking sticks, or backpacks, or tunics.  They seek to stay where they are received until the end of their mission.  They bring peace.

 Thus, disciples, Christians are those who respect and welcome the excluded, for instance, foreigners.  They trust hospitality. They encourage sharing.  They live harmoniously and stably.  These are the credible signs that God’s Kingdom is among us!  In fact, announcing the Kingdom does not consist in teaching truths and doctrines, catechism or cannon law.  It means living and creating the conditions in order to live together in a new way.  It means thinking and acting based on the Good News brought by Jesus.  Basically, Jesus announced that God is both Father and Mother and therefore, we are all sisters and brothers.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will peacefully look at my discipleship in my daily life and ask the Lord to help me be ever more His true messenger.

 Grant that I may seek only You, Lord Jesus.  Let my heart be full of You and help me to let Your presence overflow in gestures of pure love.

 The voice of Rainer Maria Rilke, Poet and Author

 When you don’t know why your heart is on fire, He is expressing Himself in you.

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