Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Feast Day

Today's saint is Benedict, patron of Europe and of our still-new Pope. Benedict is looked upon in some ways as a preserver of culture, because the monasteries that quickly spread across Europe became centers of education and culture after the fall of Rome. Today's Gospel (for the weekday Mass) can be seen as underlining this expansion: Jesus sent the Twelve and told them, "As you go, make this proclamation: the Kingdom of Heaven is near!"
Today it was the "as you go" that struck me. It is much easier to stay put and make various proclamations, but Jesus did not give us that option. Besides, proclamations from a still point of security may devolve into "declamations." No, we are to "go out to all the world," according to the possibilities we have.

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