Soon afterwards [Jesus] went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God . (LUKE 8:1)
We like hearing good news. We rejoice at the news of the birth of a baby. We are relieved by the news that we are in good health. We are comforted by the news of a friend’s safe journey home. We are happy over the news of a colleague’s retirement. We are grateful for the news that a family member is cancer-free. We are in awe over the news that a neighbor is selling all her possessions and becoming a missionary. We are excited to share our good news with people wherever we go. We sometimes forget that we are good news to others. We are good news to the poor when we bring them some food to eat. We are good news to the homeless when we build them a home. We are good news to our aging relatives when we visit and spend time with them. We are good news to immigrants and strangers when we work for their freedom. We are good news to the brokenhearted when we listen to their painful story. People are lifted up by our goodness and kindness.
The gospel describes the work of Jesus as proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. As followers of Christ we have been commissioned to proclaim God’s healing love and compassion to all people and to reveal this good news in our actions. Wherever we go, we bring the kingdom of God with us.
Ponder: What good news do I bring to others?
Rev. Warren J. Savage & Mary Ann McSweeny