In the first reading Ezra leads the people in confirming their covenant with Yahweh as he read to them from the Book of the Law of Moses. “Amen! Amen!” they responded.
In the Gospel reading Jesus sends off his disciples to preach the Good News and spread the Kingdom of God. They told people about life with God.
Pope St. John Paul II often spoke of the “Culture of Life,” as opposed to the “Culture of Death.” God gives us the Holy Spirit to bring us the fullness of life. To live this true “Culture of Life,” we have to give up inordinate inclinations centering on ourselves.
To preach the Good News is also to transform individuals and communities with God’s grace so that they live in God’s peace and joy.