Mt 10:7-15 Hide and Seek
Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
Without cost you have received. I was recently asked a question by an Italian reader. They asked, “Why is it that God makes someone poor?” Excellent question! But I’m not sure what they mean by “poor”? So, I asked them to clarify. I asked, “What exactly are you saying that God did to make us poor?” Did He give us money? No. Did he ask us to make money? No. Did the Lord not give us enough air or space or sky or rain or people? No. Did He ask us to live where we did not want to live? No. So, how exactly did God make us poor? Did He give us cities or slums? No. Did He not give us enough water, vegetation, animals or minerals? No. Did He not give us enough people to love? No. So why do we want to blame God for the problems we have created for ourselves? Why do we try to shift the blame on others, including God? I do not think that God made anyone poor. We have done it to ourselves and to others. We set up systems that (can) fail. God gave us everything, free of charge. We decided to claim it for ourselves and charge.
The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Life is short. No need to worry about death. It will happen before you know it and before you seek it. Take it from me, a priest. Listen to me. Live your life the right way. Live your life the holy way. Do not seek what is temporary. Do not seek what is already fading.
Seek first the kingdom of God and everything else will fall into place.
These are the days of mercy. The Lord seeks the sick, the dead, the tortured, and the miserable. How does he do it? Through works of mercy. The works are not the end of all. They are simple the strings that are attached to Him; the kite that is held by Him; the fishing lines that are cast off and held by the Great Fisherman. The Lord strong arms me back to him.
The Lord is supreme. He said it himself. He said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Did He leave any room for anyone or anything else? No one comes to the Father except through me. I guess not! He just shut all the gates around Him! It appears as though the thread passes through one needle. Talk about things not being fair! Could He have said it any clearer? Could the Lord have made it any more black and white? Jesus Christ is supreme. I follow Him because I trust Him. But I serve Him because I love Him. And I love Him because He is supreme in an entirely different way: He serves me!
The more I called them, the father they went from me (Hosea 11:2). Those who are living take care of the dead. Those who are healthy take care of the sick. Those who are enslaved by the devil are liberated by the free. Those who are clean, clean others. As there is a food chain, so there is a spiritual chain! What are you waiting for? Are you breathing? Are you healthy? Are you free? Are you clean? If so, then get to work! Fulfill your mission and allow peace to fall upon you. If not, then go find the Lord. But please, don’t look for someone that thinks like you. How boring! Go out and seek someone that challenges you! Do you only want to believe what you can understand? Do you want God to hit in your hand? How boring! Go! Look for The Church that is as much understood as it is misunderstood. Look for The Church that resembles the Lord. Look for the Church that teaches the same as the Lord. Get comfortable with the Bible but not too comfortable with The Word. Comfortable is a word is not found in the Bible!
Seek the Lord and you will find His Church.
Hint: They both started roughly the same time.