These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town." Matthew 10:5-15
Proclaim Good News
Arriving home the long road behind
dusty and weary but ever grateful
there was enough for every day
and love grew as we planted among our own.
The stranded and the vacant lonely eyes
are those of our people broken
by exclusion, abuse and neglect
lost in a bottle to ease the pain.
The need is among our relatives
we are called to feed the known stranger
called to see the damage around us
carrying love and kindness with forgiveness.
The road is long the challenges rough
doors open everywhere welcome is offered
a cool drink and a sweet song
we find a home away from home .
Go then and proclaim the Good news
right in the neighborhood today
God is broad and generous enough
for all to be healed, renewed and fed.