Don Luigi Maria Epicoco – Commentary on the Gospel of July 13, 2023 –

“On the way, preach, saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.”

The preaching that is asked of us is made from nearness: the kingdom of heaven is at hand. But it is also an exhortation that touches life in a crucial way: to heal, to cleanse, and to turn away. Healing calms the suffering that so often builds up in our lives and no longer allows us to see light, goodness, and meaning.

The cleanse is about that sense of unworthiness, distance, and sense of error that sometimes causes us to hate ourselves to the point of self-harm.

Stalking is the most eloquent act against evil, in fact there are things in life that one must not give up, but one must find the courage to walk away, cut off, and remove. The whole Christian life is embodied in these methodologies of closeness that soothe, replenish, and liberate.

“Give as you are given. Do not bring gold, silver, or money in your fork, travel bag, two jackets, sandals, or a stick, because whoever works has a right to his food.”

The gift is the most characteristic of the Christian work. God’s love is free, it cannot be bought or sold, it must not be earned or obtained through religious offerings, and at the same time every Christian who wants to proclaim the gospel must be able to offer the same experience of God’s love.

Trust in Providence is a free aspect: Healing, Purifying, and Turning Away.

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“On the way, preach, saying that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.” How beautiful how Jesus mixed the journey with words and gestures. The only sermon accepted by the world is based on these verbs: sermon, exhort, and heal. If we don’t walk, our words won’t be credible because they’re old. If you do not speak, the letter runs the risk of being held hostage by the “non-defendant”. If our words are not mixed with charity, with work for the poor, with those who are hostage to disease and evil, then this is just an exercise in rhetoric. The preaching of the gospel that counts is free: “Freely transmitted, freely given.” […] Read here.

Comment on the gospel hymn by: ✝ MT 10.7-15

author: Don Luigi Maria Epicoco
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