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Saturday, October 25, 2008


Immediately after the death of Jesus around 33 AD we know that Peter and the apostles remained in Jerusalem. It was here that they were entrusted with the good news of the gospel for the Jews, announcing to the people the continuation of Christ’s mission - that he had come to “preach good news to the poor and to set the captive free” (Luke 4:16-21). From the day Jesus commissioned himself in Luke 4 and then the apostles - they were always to be first and foremost mindful of the poor.

Later, the Apostle Paul, by the year 38 AD carried on the same mission to share the gospel with the poor, but specifically those among the Gentiles. Paul states in Galatians 2:7-14, “And when they recognized the grace bestowed upon me, James and Peter and John, who were reputed pillars, gave me and Barnabas their right hands in partnership, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised [Jews]. Only, we were to be mindful of the poor, which is the very thing I was eager to do.”

Today, we continue the same ministry of Christ and His church pillars, Peter and Paul – meaning we first and foremost are required to have preferential treatment for the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned, the lost and forgotten. Like Paul, are we “eager” - mindful of the poor in our lives today, this week? Are we personally continuing the core mission of Christ’s journey?


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