“Jesus travelled through towns and villages, preaching the Good News about the kingdom of God.” (Lk 8:1)
Today’s Passage: Lk 8:1-3
Meditation: Compared to our olden days the new generation is in a way on journey. They make a lot of pilgrimages, sightseeing, and pleasure trips whenever they get some few days free. Of course it has got a very good impact on our mental health and personality; through seeing diverse places, interacting with different people, understanding many and varied cultures and so on. Even otherwise due to profession and higher studies people are out from their land. In my childhood we were looking for vacation days to go to our mother’s/uncle’s house, only some 18 km away from our home, but that was our main tour and outing. Today I myself am far away from my hometown and working in another state. On those days Jesus was also travelling through towns and villages; from Galilee to Jerusalem through Samaria mostly on foot. He might have enjoyed the Sea of Galilee, the calmness of Mount Tabor, liveliness of the Capernaum town, ordinariness of the village Nain, the Judean desert and so on. It is well and good; however, what was the purpose of his journeys through villages and towns? All evangelists like Luke unanimously testify that it was in view of preaching the word of God/ the message of the kingdom of God. We are all apostles and missionaries and wherever we are sent we have the mission to impart and proclaim the word of God. Last month I came to know about a professor who is teaching here in a university college. He along with his group of thirty came to our pastoral centre and asked for a hall to pray. He is originally from Andhra Pradesh but at present he is working here. Since his coming here regularly on every Sunday he gathers the people whom he introduced Jesus in a particular place and make praise and worship, preaching, and sharing. A man out of his conviction gathers people and preaches the kingdom of God in his own way. Do we really make use of the conveniences or opportunities we have to preach the kingdom of God? “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Rom 10:15)
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Make me an instrument of your message and kingdom, wherever I go and whomever I meet. And also give me the openness to appreciate the ministries of others like St. Paul who said, “It doesn’t matter! I am happy about it – so long is Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives.” Amen!
Greetings: Take courage! God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Friday…