Recently, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, eloquently addressed the Intercontinental Church Society at Lambeth Palace. His talk was entitled, God’s mission and ours in the 21st century. He based his address on the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10, verses 1-10.
The archbishop raised a number of questions * gleaned from Matthew’s text and went on to answer them. The second of his questions was this: “When on mission, what do we say?”
Dr., Williams’ responded: “As you go, proclaim the good news: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near'.” He went on to stress that God is nearer than we think, that God is already on the way. “It is”, he said, “about showing people God is more interested in them than they in God.” For the archbishop it boiled down to letting people see that God is already at work in them, and then helping them to understand what that actually means for them and the world. *
These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: ‘Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand, cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge’.- Matthew 10:5a, 6-8
God of the universe, God of humanity, you loved the world so much that you gave your only Son to free us from everything that ails us. Accompany your Church while it waits for his coming and the true liberty he will bring. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I rose from daylong desk at last- From ‘Vision’ by James Devaney
And out under the evening passed.
And lo, a wonder-while ‘twas plain,
The secret world long sought in vain