“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
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“Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”
Jesus sent his followers out to share the gospel with specific instructions not to take any money, food, or even sandals (Luke 10:4).
The point of this story is that his followers would have nothing to distract them from their mission.
They would rely totally on God’s care.
Do we do the same?
And then Jesus told his followers the message in today’s scripture verse.
The gospel message, the Good News, is a message of healing.
And when there is healing, then you are experiencing what Jesus called “the kingdom of God” in the here and now.
Note that he said that this experience would not be possible if the people you encounter are not receptive, if they do not welcome you.
Some people’s hearts are not ready to receive this message.
Each is on their own spiritual journey.
You cannot force them to receive a message that they would not understand.
The gospel message is that God loves all people and all creation unconditionally.
Many cannot accept that.
Usually you can only truly experience this gospel truth through the loving actions of another when you least deserve it.
How can you be an instrument of God’s healing to others?
By being present to the Divine inside of you.
When you are centered in the sacredness of God and are present to it, you will radiate this loving Presence to others.
This can help others enter into the same Divine Presence inside of them.
This is what 18th century priest Jean Pierre de Caussade called the sacrament of the present moment.
It’s a good idea to get in touch with the Divine Presence through some form of meditation or Centering Prayer.
You can turn to that Presence anytime by letting go of your addictive thoughts, and truly being here.
The kingdom of God is at hand for you.
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Remember: God loves you!