He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.
What is the “gospel of the kingdom”? Just before this statement…St. Matthew wrote that Jesus proclaimed that the “kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Heaven (or the kingdom of God) begins here and now when we follow Jesus and extend mercy, compassion, love and forgiveness to all. Notice how Jesus restored those who were sick to wholeness. They also would have been restored to oneness as a community since the sick were seen as “unclean” and were outcasts. The kingdom of God is a place of oneness, wholeness and harmony where all are included. That is the “gospel” (Good News!). Jesus doesn’t want us to wait for a future heaven. He calls us to action to cooperate with all people in building the kingdom…now.
Suggested song of the day— “Shall We Sing” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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Remember…God loves you!