But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God in other towns also, because that is what God sent me to do.” (Lk 4:40)
Today’s Passage: Lk 4:38-44
Meditation: What is the context of Jesus’ saying this statement? The people, who were with him and witnessed his miracles, were asking him not to leave them. Jesus immediately answered them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God in other towns also, because that is what God sent me to do.” Yes, my master is on a journey with a mission from God the father in heaven. This answer of Jesus also reminds me just another verse in the letter to the Hebrews where we read, “Moses reckoned that to suffer scorn for the Messiah was worth far more than all the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes on the future reward.” (Heb 11:26) He kept his eyes on the future reward. A man who has an aim or mission in his life keeps on moving until his target is achieved. Margaret Lee will say, “Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of travelling.” Jesus finds happiness in fulfilling his duties and glorifying his father, (Jn 17:4) and it is his food (Jn 4:34). Since he does not seek the glory of man, he keeps his journey continues and proclaims the message of the kingdom of God. People who receive gifts may stay there for some time to eulogize you but remember that is not your aim. You should continue your ministries and duties of your life. There were moments in Jesus’ life where he stopped his walking and waited for someone. And those moments were none other than someone’s cry for help and healing. Yes, he calls even today you and me to follow him and keep on our Journey with him until we meet someone who needs our help, not someone who garlands us. Water that doesn’t keep flowing may get polluted. We hear stories of many who stopped their journeys on a simple call of some rest or enjoyment.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Lord, you really put before us today a perfect model for a perfect Christian life. Here on earth we are only pilgrims with a mission of proclaiming the message of the kingdom of God. You want from us 100% fidelity to the mission you entrusted upon us. We remember Moses and his life that shows how even a single moment of infidelity may hinder our entry into the kingdom of heaven. Lord, guide us with your Holy Spirit. Amen!
Greetings: Take courage! God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Wednesday…