PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS AND HEAL
Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic. 4Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. 5Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere. (Luke 9:1-6)
Jesus sent the twelve out to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God (see verses 1-2 and 6, above), and they did exactly that. The power to do this came from Jesus - from the presence of God working in them and through them. It is no different for us today. Any true, healing power that you and I have originates in God... in the Spirit of God that resides in us.
What if we started every day with this intention: to proclaim the good news of God’s loving, transforming presence in the world, and to bring healing to others and to the planet. How would our stepping into that intention change us, and change the world?
This morning, my parish administrator said something like this: “It seems to me that in the past week or so, everywhere I go - in stores and in my neighborhood - people are being especially kind. I almost wonder if it is a reaction to all the negativity associated with this election.” I see it, too. It’s as if many people are saying - with their actions, not their words - “We can do much better than this. We can actually love one another.”
We all have this capacity for good... for love. We all can be healers. Because the One who created us also lives in us and wants to work through us - for the common good.
It seems to me that the world right now is crying out for us to show up as our best, most loving, and generous selves. Certainly God is crying out for us to be the best version of ourselves. And maybe it’s not as hard as we think it is. Perhaps we already know how...
- to think - and possibly even pray - before we speak.
- to love and serve the people that are right in front of us.
- to look for and actually see the best in others, and focus more on what we have in common as human beings, as opposed to what divides us.
- to focus on sharing words of thankfulness, appreciation, and encouragement, rather than spending so much time looking for what is wrong.
- to recognize and proclaim the miracle that is life, as well as all the other miracles that happen every day.
- to operate out of the peace of God that dwells deep within us, and - from this space - to be patient and forgiving with others and with ourselves.
- to praise God for all the blessings that come our way, and to be people who practice gratitude.
- to keep learning, how to examine ourselves with honesty and grace, and how to speak the truth in love.
- to rest on a regular basis, and to find joy and beauty in our relationships and in the simple things - breathing, moving our bodies, playing, laughing, crying, eating, singing, sleeping, and enjoying creation.
If we practice these things, aren’t we really proclaiming the kingdom of God and bringing healing to others?
Let’s keep practicing these things, and then let go of any other agendas that we have. In the process, we will exorcise a lot of our own demons! And God will take our small offerings and multiply them for the good of the world - as only God can.