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…Matthew wrote that Jesus proclaimed that the “kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The first tastes of heaven begin here and now when we follow Jesus and extend mercy, compassion, love and forgiveness to others…when we work for healing, unity and wholeness. Jesus doesn’t want us to wait for some future heaven. As Thomas Merton said, it is not about our own “private salvation project.” Jesus calls us to action…to help awaken all to the presence of God’s kingdom in the present. As Ilia Delio writes in her book The Emergent Christ, “Earth is not a training ground for heaven. It is, rather, the very place where heaven unfolds.”
Suggested song of the day– “Salvation” on the Live to Love album.
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Remember…God loves you!