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July 11, 2013

St. Benedict

Matthew 10: 7-15

 

As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food.

Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand

 

We hear today in Jesus’ instructions to his disciples one of the phrases that Scriptures scholars consider closest to the heart of Jesus’ message. He says to them: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” It’s a beautiful phrase, but ever since I began to think, “there might be something to this faith thing,” I’ve wondered what Jesus meant by that commonest of phrases, by “kingdom of heaven.”

I think we get a clue, a hint at an answer, in our first reading: the climax of the dramatic conflict between Joseph and his brothers. This climax—indeed the whole story—is so powerful not just because of the drama of betrayal and slavery and Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt, but because of Joseph’s cathartic words: “do not reproach yourselves,” he says to his betrayers, “it was really for the sake of saving lives that God sent me here ahead of you.”

The lesson here is not that we ought to rejoice in the betrayals we experience, it’s that God never ceases to make a way out of no-way, never stops building the kingdom. We see it in Joseph who somehow dredges up from within himself the gentle strength to forgive even his brothers who have trespassed against him. And he is able to do so in part because he has, over many years, trusted that God was actively making a way for him. Surely this is something of what Jesus meant when he spoke to his disciples—as he does to us today—of the Kingdom of heaven.

—Fr. Patrick “Paddy” Gilger, SJ, was ordained on June 15, 2013, and is serving as Associate Pastor of St. John’s Parish, Creighton University, Omaha. Click here for an Ignatian News Network video on ordination featuring Fr. Gilger.

Prayer

 

Lord, we take heart in the most wonderful promise:  you never cease to make a way out of no-way, never stop building the kingdom. Increase our faith so we see all our life events infused with your divine providence.  We embrace this day hope filled that you are actively making a way for us.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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July 11, 2013

St. Benedict

Matthew 10: 7-15

 

As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food.

Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand

 

We hear today in Jesus’ instructions to his disciples one of the phrases that Scriptures scholars consider closest to the heart of Jesus’ message. He says to them: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” It’s a beautiful phrase, but ever since I began to think, “there might be something to this faith thing,” I’ve wondered what Jesus meant by that commonest of phrases, by “kingdom of heaven.”

I think we get a clue, a hint at an answer, in our first reading: the climax of the dramatic conflict between Joseph and his brothers. This climax—indeed the whole story—is so powerful not just because of the drama of betrayal and slavery and Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt, but because of Joseph’s cathartic words: “do not reproach yourselves,” he says to his betrayers, “it was really for the sake of saving lives that God sent me here ahead of you.”

The lesson here is not that we ought to rejoice in the betrayals we experience, it’s that God never ceases to make a way out of no-way, never stops building the kingdom. We see it in Joseph who somehow dredges up from within himself the gentle strength to forgive even his brothers who have trespassed against him. And he is able to do so in part because he has, over many years, trusted that God was actively making a way for him. Surely this is something of what Jesus meant when he spoke to his disciples—as he does to us today—of the Kingdom of heaven.

—Fr. Patrick “Paddy” Gilger, SJ, was ordained on June 15, 2013, and is serving as Associate Pastor of St. John’s Parish, Creighton University, Omaha. Click here for an Ignatian News Network video on ordination featuring Fr. Gilger.

Prayer

 

Lord, we take heart in the most wonderful promise:  you never cease to make a way out of no-way, never stop building the kingdom. Increase our faith so we see all our life events infused with your divine providence.  We embrace this day hope filled that you are actively making a way for us.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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