What did a day in the life of Jesus look like? The gospel for today provides an answer. Not just to satisfy our curiosity about the ministry of Jesus and the challenges he faced but also to offer an insight into what a day in the life of God’s kingdom might look like. In the brief description given to us by Matthew, teaching about the kingdom of God and healing the sick take precedence, and we see this duplicated in Mark and Luke and continues into the Acts of the Apostles. As missionary disciples, they take precedence for us too. In the dismissal rite at Mass, we are charged to work for the spread of the gospel through word and deed. By our words, we participate in the mission of the Church to imbue society with Christian values. We lift each other up through words of encouragement and affirmation.
Sickness takes many forms, and by our deeds, we engage in the healing of our fractured world through acts of forgiveness, reconciliation, and hospitality towards those who often present themselves to us as the stranger. This is our calling, and for us to take up the call to be laborers in God’s harvest, we look first to Jesus. He sees the needs of the oppressed, the downtrodden, the crushed, and the helpless with the eyes of the heart, and he responds with heartfelt compassion. He invites us too to see the world with compassionate eyes.
Pope Francis has made mercy and compassion a central theme of his papacy and the image of itself that the Church shows to the world. The need is great and urgent. Let us
Let Us Pray:
Lord, enable us to witness in our lives to the coming of your kingdom.
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