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Luke 18:35-43 in Redemptoris Missio

Posted by Dim Bulb on November 13, 2011

Mission of the Redeemer, 14-15: Jesus gradually reveals the characteristics and demands of the kingdom through his words, his actions and his own person.

 The kingdom of God is meant for all mankind, and all people are called to become members of it. To emphasize this fact, Jesus drew especially near to those on the margins of society, and showed them special favor in announcing the Good News. At the beginning of his ministry he proclaimed that he was “anointed…to preach good news to the poor” (Luke 4:18). To all who are victims of rejection and contempt Jesus declares: “Blessed are you poor” (Luke 6:20). What is more, he enables such individuals to experience liberation even now, by being close to them, going to eat in their homes (cf. Luke 5:30 Luke 15:2), treating them as equals and friends (cf.  Luke 7:34), and making them feel loved by God, thus revealing his tender care for the needy and for sinners (cf.  Luke 15:1-32).

 The liberation and salvation brought by the kingdom of God come to the human person both in his physical and spiritual dimensions. Two gestures are characteristic of Jesus’ mission: healing and forgiving. Jesus’ many healings clearly show his great compassion in the face of human distress, but they also signify that in the kingdom there will no longer be sickness or suffering, and that his mission, from the very beginning, is meant to free people from these evils. In Jesus’ eyes, healings are also a sign of spiritual salvation, namely liberation from sin. By performing acts of healing, he invites people to faith, conversion and the desire for forgiveness (cf.  Luke 5:24). Once there is faith, healing is an encouragement to go further: it leads to salvation (cf.  Luke 18:42-43). The acts of liberation from demonic possession-the supreme evil and symbol of sin and rebellion against God-are signs that indeed “the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matt 12: 28).

15  The kingdom aims at transforming human relationships; it grows gradually as people slowly learn to love, forgive and serve one another. Jesus sums up the whole Law, focusing it on the commandment of love (cf.  Matt 22:34-40 Luke 10:25-28). Before leaving his disciples, he gives them a “new commandment”: “Love one another; even as I have loved you” (John 13:34 cf. John 15:12). Jesus’ love for the world finds its highest expression in the gift of his life for mankind (cf.  John 15:13), which manifests the love which the Father has for the world (cf.  John 3:16). The kingdom’s nature, therefore, is one of communion among all human beings-with one another and with God.

 The kingdom is the concern of everyone: individuals, society, and the world. Working for the kingdom means acknowledging and promoting God’s activity, which is present in human history and transforms it. Building the kingdom means working for liberation from evil in all its forms. In a word, the kingdom of God is the manifestation and the realization of God’s plan of salvation in all its fullness.

 

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