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Liturgical day: Thursday 14th inOrdinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 10,7-15): Jesus said to his disciples, «Go and proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’». Jesus said to his disciples, «Go and proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it as a gift. Do not carry any gold, silver or copper in your purses. Do not carry a traveler's bag, or an extra shirt, or sandals, or walking-stick: workers deserve their living. When you come to a town or a village, look for a worthy person and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, wish it peace. If the people in the house deserve it, your peace will be on them; if they do not deserve it, your blessing will come back to you. And if you are not welcomed and your words are not listened to, leave that house or that town and shake the dust off your feet. I assure you, it will go easier for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than it will for the people of that town».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today we go deeper into the "apostle’s mission". What is there to do? "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons” That seems difficult and even "old-fashioned". But it is certainly not! Jesus speaks for all of us and for all times.

- Let us read Christ’s words with a moral code. "Heal": let us encourage and dialogue with those morally suffering; "Raise": let us lead, let us accompany towards the Grace of God (Sacraments); "Cleanse": let us radiate a good atmosphere, let us raise the temperature; "Drive out demons": let us give an example and let us dialogue by showing the ways of truth and good, and thus, let us free ourselves from diabolical (sometimes "too fashionable") ties.