THE SENT OF GOD
Christ took pity on the people.
They were harassed and dejected. This is the image of the
The Apostles were sent after they had
proven they had learned the commands, persevered in obeying the
commands and continuously pondered upon the commands. Only
then were they sent.
The instructions were clear.
where to go -- only to the house of Israel. Second, where not
to go -- Gentiles and Samaritans. Samaritans are those who
accepted the five books of Moses but rejected others; like
Catholics who accept a few teachings of Christ and reject the more
Third, what to preach -- the kingdom of
God is at hand. The kingdom of God is here and will draw nigh
if one obeys the commands of Christ. The Saints are the
kingdom of God because they contain God by Faith and love Him with
affection. They are not to preach any object of the senses.
Others preach earthly goods; we, the things of heaven. Preach
not old things but new things; and he who will preach new things must
show new things (the new things Christ had taught.)
Fourth, what to do -- do new things.
Heal the sick, not so much the physically sick but the spiritually
sick. . .they are the slothful who have not strength to live well.
Raise the spiritually dead. Cleanse the lepers -- those
filled with carnal desires. Cast out demons. . .those under
the power of the devil. And, since spiritual gifts become
worthless if acquired with money, Christ commanded them:
Freely you have received, freely you must give. I, Christ,
have given you all these without a price, give them to others in
like manner. To charge is to corrupt the free grace of God.
Judas, who was avaricious, was going to use the power to earn money.
. .this is the heresy of simony. Freely you have received;
what you have is not yours. You have received it freely.
The greatness of the deed is that these were done by mere fishermen.
In the beginning of the Church, these powers were also shown in an
external manner since this is what is seen. But the external
powers ceased when the Church became universal. The Holy
Church doth spiritually what it then did materially by the apostles.