By The Rev. David Lui
Jesus said, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.”
Jesus did a wonderful thing in the house of Simon’s mother-in-law. And the news must have spread like wildfire throughout the town. For by evening, all the neighboring folks were coming to him for healing, especially those who were possessed by demons. Eventually, the whole city was gathered around the door. And they all got cured.
The next morning, Jesus disappeared, and the disciples searched for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you!” Jesus told them, “Let’s get out of here and go to the neighboring towns and continue preaching the Gospel. That’s why I started all this. That’s why we’re here.”
And this is the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus the Christ: that the Son Of God came to us and died for us, so that we could return to God’s realm, to his protection and his peace. We were all lost and condemned. But having accepted the Gospel, we are saved from Hell and welcomed into Heaven. And that is Good News indeed!
Every Christian is commissioned by Jesus to proclaim his Good News. We are asked to follow his example by spreading the message wherever we go, for the rest of our lives. And it’s not just the clergy who are asked to do this; lay people are called to share the Good News as well. After all, salvation is not limited to the clergy, or to monks and nuns, but is available to regular folk just like you!
Today, we will sit down together after the service to conduct our annual meeting. Not too long ago, our senior warden said that he hoped to introduce better business management procedures to the church, so that the parish might eventually be more financially successful. And indeed, we will be more successful!
St. Paul seems to have known that we were going to have our annual meeting today, for in today’s reading from his First Letter to the Corinthians, he reminds us that we, like him, are obliged to continue proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone without exception. And he shares with us a something about his tactics and his attitude.