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The good news for the day July 6

Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time (385)

Jesus summoned his Twelve best students and chose them them to have power to cure people of their sex-focused spirits—to drive them out and to cure every disorder and every sickness…Jesus sent these Twelve out after instructing them: “Do not go into pagan places or enter a Samaritan town. Go instead to the sheep of the house of Israel who have wandered off. As you go, make this your opening line: ‘The realm of what is right is right here.’” (Matthew 10)

Whether Jesus had an actual “12” specific Apostles has become a puzzle, as names in the different Gospels do not match (though, of course, scholars and ordinary folks “make them fit,” squeezing logic to force a conformity of one Gospel to the next). Maybe we should think: “dozen” and not worry about the exact number.

It may be important, though, to realize some early Christians wanted to see Jesus creating a new Israel—twelve apostles to be considered leaders for the twelve tribes of a New Israel. These Christian writers and followers saw the “Twelve” as rejuvenating, enlivening and healing things gone wrong in the “old” Israel. The twelve are sent not as soldier-warriors to destroy Jebusites, Philistines, and Megiddo—but as peace-making “combatants” against personal demons, against malignant forces controlling and hurting humans—to overcome what is not right in God’s world. Here and now, they insist, you can repent—and discover the power of love, the freedom and wellness of being a Child of God.

Here is THE good news, the basic good news coming to you and awakening you. “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” It takes a moment to wake up—look around, see the need of your neighbor—and start to do something about it. God is present, creating a new world in this moment; He is talking to you through these words, through this opportunity.

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