Jesus sent these twelve out and commanded them,
“As you go, make this announcement:
‘The Kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Heal the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse those with skin diseases, and throw out demons.”
We have been called on an adventure. We have been caught up in God’s salvific work. We are not spectators, but participants. The task of the witness is to give testimony to that which we have seen and heard. God has been at work, and we are invited to take part.
Our reading provides us with excellent instruction for the two-fold nature of witness. Jesus’ command encompasses physical and spiritual needs. Jesus does not just say, “Announce the Kingdom.” Nor does he only say, “Heal the sick.” Witnessing to the Kingdom in a faithful manner includes calling people to conversion and new birth, as well as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and protecting the needy.
There is not a single dimension of human existence that the gospel of Jesus Christ leaves untouched. If you have been caught up in the story of Scripture, God through you can heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, cast out demons, and give evidence of God’s reign. You have been invited to take part in a grand adventure.
God Almighty, may your reign take hold in my life,
so that I might give evidence to your Kingdom. Amen.