July 2, 2016
14th Sunday - C
Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20
The Kingdom of God is at Hand
Last Sunday, at the end of Chapter 9 in Luke, we heard of Jesus telling some people the first priority in life is to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
Today, at the beginning of Chapter 10, Jesus sends out 72 disciples to do that.
And Jesus gives them the content of the message they are to proclaim: "Peace" and "The Kingdom of God is at hand."
Jesus today continues to call and send us, his disciples, to proclaim the same message: the Kingdom of God is peace.
And this is a message we are to proclaim not just by words, but also by attitude and actions. We are to reach out to people and accept who they are and what they have to offer. We are to cure the sick and transform people's lives with the peace of God.
Mother Teresa puts it well, "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness, kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."