Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Genesis 44:18-21, 23b-29, 45:1-5, Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21, &
Summer vacations, the shore, the mountains, and the kitchen sink—I suspect that most of us overpack when we take a trip. Why? Because we want to be prepared for any emergency that may arise. When we prepare, we are less vulnerable.
In our Gospel narrative, we learn how Jesus gives His Apostles interesting instructions. On the one hand, He sends them on a mission to announce that "The Kingdom of heaven is at hand." Further, He provides them with great power—drive out unclean spirits, cure every disease, and even raise the dead. On the other hand, they are to go about their mission in a very vulnerable way. They will have no money, sandals, or walking stick, and they would receive no pay for their efforts.
Upon consideration, we could conclude that our Lord purposely made the Apostles' mission so difficult that if they succeeded, their future missions would be much easier. We could also conclude that Jesus simply told them, "You have to start someplace. I will critique your mission when you return." Well, probably not.
I suggest the message was something like this—whether you are called to be a missionary or to be an everyday stay-at-home disciple, following our Risen Lord is always a "special journey." Therefore, travel light, and don't burden yourself with "stuff." Our lives on earth are short, but the Kingdom of God is everlasting. We must remember the relationship with our Triune God, along with fellow humans and the natural gifts of our planet, is what it's all about. Today, Jesus invites us to enter the Reign of God on earth—now and forever.
Remember to pack light and "peace be with you."
Question of the Day: How will you grow your discipleship at home and away to bring the Good News of Jesus to others?
Prayer: "The Kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe in the Gospel."