Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8
There is something easy to miss in this Gospel, but it is very important to NOT miss it. The first thing that Jesus did was preach the Good News. The first thing the disciples did was preach the Good News. After they proclaimed that the Kingdom of God had arrived, then they cured the sick, healed the lame and cast out demons.
Miracles of healing get the big press releases. We will pay attention to them, although we may sleep through the talk about the Kingdom of God. Yet that is where we all want to arrive, to spend eternity with Jesus, and our loved ones.
Even if you are healed of an illness you will still one day die from old age. Lazarus was raised from the dead, but he eventually returned to the grave. The best part of the Good News is that God wants us to live with Him forever in heaven. And only then will our joy be complete.
Do I proclaim the Good News of the gospel by my words or actions?
Lord, help me to realize that Your kingdom has arrived, that this very moment is part of my journey into eternity. Lord, I want to spend eternity with You. Amen.
Copyright 2017 Dennis P. McGeehan
Dennis P. McGeehan is the author of The Diaries of Joseph and Mary, a book based on the stories told by the Early Church Fathers. He is a husband and the father of nine kids, including one who is with God. He blogs and speaks on topics especially parenting special needs kids and Saint Joseph. His website is www.warriorsworlddad.com.
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