Advocating Honesty for Peace

Matthew 10: 7-13
Acts 11:21-26;13:1-3/Ps 98:1-6

Preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
(Matthew 10:7)

We Christians who live in Jesus’ name,
For justice and truth take a stand;
Expel the world’s evils and proclaim:
The kingdom of God is at hand!

Jesus sent out His twelve apostles, and told them, “Preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give. Take no gold, or silver, or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or a walking stick; for the laborer deserves his keep. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart. As you enter a house, wish it peace. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.” (Matthew 10:7-13)

Reflection

The words of Jesus spoken thousands of years ago in today’s Gospel still resonates to His present-day disciples. “Preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ As practicing Christians, we must live according to the ideals of Christ’s teachings, so as to give witness that the kingdom of God is at hand. In two simple words, our advocacy for true Christian living is proclaimed: “Be Honest!” Two words that can heal our sick economy, revive our moribund spirituality, cleanse and expel from our government bureaucracy the evil spirits of graft and corruption.

Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give. A friend once asked, “How come you’re investing so much time, effort and money in serving your BCBP community?” I told him that what we have are all gifts from God that must be given back by sharing the Good News of Christ with others. It’s the best way to show Him our love and appreciation for all His blessings.

Take no gold, or silver, or copper for your belts . . . for the laborer deserves his keep. Material needs are the least of our worries when we are in the service of the Lord. In fact they can even be a big burden in our journey to the Father’s kingdom. Travel light, and travel far. Take only what is essential, and leave behind the superfluous that distracts us from our calling. Total dependence on God is the essence of faith, because as Jesus promised, all of His workers will deserve their keep.

Finally, our Lord admonishes His missionaries, As you enter a house, wish it peace. Blessing a home where one is welcomed with peace not only protects it from strife, but cleanses it of evil. Peace is the absence of sin. And the progenitor of sin is the prince of lies. Which explains why Honesty is the vital requisite for Peace. There would never have been a war in Iraq that destroyed that country if the lie had not been propagated that Saddam Hussein had amassed weapons of mass destruction.

The call to serve in God’s army is a draft that all Christians must heed to counter the lies propagated by evil forces in the world today. We have found a great treasure, in our faith, and our joy is doubled when we share it with others. After all, it did not cost us anything; it was a gift from the Lord. So why not share it? God wants all His children to receive the Good News of salvation, and so it is incumbent upon all who have seen God’s light to be involved in this mission of evangelization.

Father Almighty, we pray for genuine peace to reign on earth. We know that peace must start in every individual, and it can only be nurtured by honesty and the passion for truth. Guide us in all our ways to seek this path in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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