Matthew 10:5–15 (ESV)
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as
you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9 Acquire no
gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out
who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace
return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable
on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
I always have loved the circus and a friend of mine actually owned a circus.
He had marketing crews that were at least 1 month ahead and another crew about 2 weeks ahead of the circus. The first crew was signing contracts, meeting with radio stations, and printers. The second crew was doing radio announcements and carrying
through from the 1st crew with marketing the circus. The two crews were not the big event, but pointed to the big event. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is sending out his crews to prepare the way as Jesus heads to the cross.
Jesus and His work is the “big event” that brings forgiveness and salvation to those who believe.
I pray: O Lord, help me to proclaim the kingdom
of heaven is at hand. Amen.