The message of the kingdom still elicits hostility today. And Jesus still promises us His protection. We don't need to be afraid of anything.
Proclaiming the kingdom today still brings hostility and rejection. It causes trouble in the midst of families. How does that affect my witness?
The apostles were to do what Jesus did. Their activity was to be directed to the basic message of Jesus’ preaching: the kingdom is at hand.
What we have in today's reading is the beginnings of the Church. Its agenda is not yet fully formed. But the basic message is there.
Jesus reached out in teaching and in action because people needed Him. They needed a shepherd, and the shepherd was Jesus.
In the midst of crowds and disorder Jesus exercises power over death and illness. Calmly and effortlessly, He cures the sick and raises the dead.
Good times are part of God’s plan for His people. No matter how grim the present reality may be, God somehow provides a happy ending.
Jesus is still interested in those who are on the margins who need attention and healing. That’s why He bothers with us.
Jesus is still powerful today. He still forgives sins and reaches out to the sick. All He requires from us is confidence in His power.
The lesson that we need to learn is that being made free in Christ is far better than hanging on to our comfortable old demons.