One Minute Reflection – 10 July – Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom..…Matthew 9:35
REFLECTION – “This is the central message of every Christian mission. When a missionary goes, a Christian goes to proclaim Jesus, not to proselytise, as if he were a fan trying to drum up new supporters for his team. No, he goes simply to proclaim: “The kingdom of God is in our midst!”.
But what is this kingdom of God, this kingdom of heaven? They are synonymous. We think immediately of the afterlife: eternal life. Of course this is true, the kingdom of God will extend without limit beyond earthly life but the good news that Jesus brings us — and that John predicts — is that we do not need to wait for the kingdom of God in the future: it is at hand. In some way it is already present and we may experience spiritual power from now on.
The condition for entering and being a part of this kingdom, is to implement a change in our life, which is to convert, to convert every day, to take a step forward each day. It is a question of leaving behind the comfortable but misleading ways of the idols of this world: success at all costs, power to the detriment of the weak, the desire for wealth, pleasure at any price. And instead, preparing the way of the Lord: this does not take away our freedom but gives us true happiness…Pope Francis (Angelus, Dec 4, 2016)
PRAYER – All-powerful God, to serve You is to reign. Your love gave the saints Victoria and Anatolia the courage to proclaim the truth of Christ and by their mission of preaching of the Kingdom, to suffer a cruel martyrdom. Grant that by their prayers, our lives bear witness to the faith we profess and our love bring others, to the peace and joy of your gospel. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen