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“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is strength and blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
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At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
Jesus was healing people right and left in the town of Capernaum and everyone was fawning over him.
So why would he leave?
Jesus left because he had a mission.
It wasn’t about his ego’s comforts and pleasures.
Earlier in this chapter, Jesus had read from the prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Luke 4:18).
He declared that this was his mission.
So in today’s scripture, Jesus shows us the proper balance of action and contemplation.
After much ministering to many in need and freeing them from afflictions, he went off to a deserted place to silently commune with God.
From this place of solitude, Jesus hears in his heart the confirmation that he must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to other towns as well.
This good news is that all are loved unconditionally by God who is love itself (1 John 4:8).
That there is no need to fear anything because Love is leading the way.
All who are marginalized are included in this loving realm of spacious freedom.
You don’t have to go anywhere to find it because it is right inside of you (Luke 17:20-21).
This gospel message is still being proclaimed today.
Will you accept it?
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