«And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature'(Mark 16:15).
From a geographical point of view, we can say that Christ’s work was highly limited. It was restricted to a few square kilometers that were covered on foot or by boat. «And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there» (Matt. 4:23). Jesus visited all the Galilean cities and villages, spreading His grace throughout the area. Feeding five thousand, walking on water, and calming the storm were some of the public and wonderful miracles which He realized on the coast of the Sea of Galilee. Though Galilee occupies quite a small area, it is a strategic region due to its connection with Asia, Europe, and Africa. During the times Christ, Jews who were scattered throughout the neighboring lands gathered in Jerusalem for the annual feasts. When they returned to the places where they lived, they spread throughout the world the tidings of the Messiah’s coming.
Before His ascension, Jesus entrusted His disciples with the mission of going into the world to preach the gospel to every creature. We must ignore social, racial, cultural and religious differences and look at the world as a field to be worked and at every person in need as an opportunity to act.
Once, my husband and I (L) were considering what more we could do to take the gospel to faraway lands. However, the many difficulties such as language barriers and the time needed to prepare for such a project, made us think of other options. Which cities could we visit where our language is spoken and where there is the largest number of foreigners? Are there immigrants who live close to us? Can the tourism of our city be used to spread the gospel to other regions?
Sometimes, we need to travel long distances to reach the most remote places of the world. Other times, we simple have to place ourselves in a strategic location to spread the message to the visitors of that place. Once they have experienced God’s grace through helpful and selfless hands, they will know better how to reach their compatriots.
Today, we invite you to spread God’s love by doing acts of kindness for immigrants who live close to you. Also ask God to give you the opportunity to visit a busy city with the aim of bringing hope to those who perish without knowing God’s grace.