Jesus went throughout Galilee and everywhere that he went he taught, he preached, and he healed.
It’s a good model for how the Body of Christ, the Church, should live out its life and carry out its ministry today; we are to live our lives in the area where we are—and, given how small the world is getting with our travel and communications technologies, our “area” is less and less limited—and everywhere that we go we are to share the good news of Jesus Christ, the good news that offers and delivers acceptance and wholeness and wellness to lost and sick and broken people, with our words and with our actions.
O God, help us to pay attention to where we are and to the people who are all around us; help us also to be willing to go beyond the perceived borders of “our” area and to reach out in love to the people that we find as we go.
And as we go, help us to speak and to act and to touch in ways that communicate your love and grace and healing to everyone we meet.
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people” (Matthew 4:23).