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The disciples learn about preaching

The disciples learn about preaching
Bible Accent: Organization of the Bible
Saint for Today: St. Francis Caracciolo

The disciples learn about preaching

Jesus preached about the Kingdom of God and healed people everywhere he went. Crowds gathered around him in towns and villages, and he had compassion on all of them. He knew they were troubled, as if they were sheep with no shepherd.
 
Knowing how much still had to be done to help so many in need, Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Later he called them to meet with him when they were alone. They were his closest friends, and he knew each one of them by name.
 
Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Thaddeus, Simon and even Judas, who later betrayed Jesus, listened closely to what the Lord had to say.
 
“Do not go into a pagan territory,” Jesus told them, “or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’”
 
Jesus looked into the eyes of each one of his friends. He wanted to make sure they understood what he was telling them to do. Then he said, “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.”
 
Jesus also wanted his disciples to know that the power he was giving them was a gift. “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or a walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep.” The disciples looked at each other and at Jesus. They had never gone traveling without making preparations for their supplies and lodging in advance. And they were not sure how they would be accepted by the people they would be preaching to.
 
Knowing their thoughts and concerns, Jesus said, “As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. … Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. … For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
 
READ MORE ABOUT IT:
Matthew 9 & 10
 
Q&A
1. What proclamation did Jesus want his disciples to make?
2. How did Jesus want his disciples to prepare for their journey?

Bible Accent: The organization of the Bible

Our Bibles are organized so that we can easily find a specific book, chapter or verse, but it has not always been this way. The Bible was written by many different people in several different languages over thousands of years. Scholars have collected the ancient Scriptures and put them in an easy-to-read format. One of the first important versions of the Bible was made by King James I. Now there are many modern translations, some of which were written especially for younger readers. Some of these Bibles have sections that tell us about the people who lived during Bible times, maps and other helpful aids. We also have Bible dictionaries, atlases and concordances, which help us find words or phrases. The important thing is that we read our Bible regularly, whether in religion class, with our families or when we’re alone, because the Bible is God’s word.

Saint for Today: St. Francis Caracciolo

As a young man, Francis Caracciolo (1563-1608) developed a bad skin disease and thought he would die. He prayed to God and promised that if he were healed, he would serve God and help people for the rest of his life. The skin disease cleared up, and Francis joined a monastery in Naples, Italy.
 
After his ordination as a priest, he joined a confraternity that worked with prisoners. Francis was invited to help found a new religious community of priests that combined service with contemplation. In 1588 the new society was recognized as the Minor Clerks Regular. The Clerks established communities in Spain as well as Italy.
 
Francis died after calling out that he was ready to enter heaven. We honor him on June 4.

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