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“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.” Matthew 9:35
“Called (Again) and Sent (Again)”
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In this reading from Matthew, Jesus gathers his disciples and sends them out.
And during worship on Sunday, this prompted us to have a conversation about what it looks like to be a disciple.
We had some great characteristics on our list: obedient, kind, wise, faithful – just to name a few.
But when we compared our list to the command of Jesus in our Gospel lesson, these words aren’t anywhere on there.
And they are good words.
But what Jesus says is that disciples share the good news of Christ and then they do just two kinds of work in the world: healing and liberation.
This brought our gathered community to another, different conversation about what it might look like to be this kind of disciples out in the world. We wondered together what places and people need healing, and what places and people need liberating.
This is hard stuff. It’s hard to be sent into a world that doesn’t seem to value healing and liberation all that much these days.
But it is our call.
Jesus doesn’t send us into the world to flounder without any direction or purpose –
No – we are called and sent, to proclaim the grace and love and forgiveness WE have been given, and tell others it’s theirs as well, and then we go about the hard but important and necessary (OH SO NECESSARY) work of healing and liberating those around us.
Questions for Discussion:
Look at your answer to question 4. Go.
Really. Go and do.
You’re not alone as you are sent.
And you are called to love as you have been loved.
So get to it.