I will have mercy, and not sacrifice

Jesus had said:

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
(Matthew 10:7-8)

The saint on the calendar day of June 5th is Boniface, a bishop in Germany, and missionary to the Netherlands. It is interesting to read of these saints who, like Boniface, were martyrs. If the kingdom is at hand, if the dead are to be raised, the devils cast out, forgiveness given, if endless abundance is freely available, then why did the kingdom not come with completion with Boniface and others? It may be seen as a strange thing.

Later in this chapter above, Jesus speaks some of a struggle for the kingdom, though in some verses, ze says that the kingdom of God is within an individual. Perhaps the struggle for the kingdom is not without at all, but within. Though in so many verses, there is not to be a struggle at all:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
I will have mercy, and not sacrifice. (Matthew 9:13)
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (Matthew 6:26)

Sunday afternoon, I sat on a neighbor’s porch and we talked of such things, unfearing, it is in our expectations and intents that all good and delightful things are provided in the aqsieos. And so it is.

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