Thursday, February 1, 2018

Travel lightly & Keep Moving

In our Gospel today, Jesus' mandate to his disciples is to travel lightly and keep moving. Nowhere do  we see him sitting down with the twelve and a map, or a store of provisions, or a feasibility study, or a specific set of "goals,""strategies" and "objectives." Jesus gives the disciples (at times as confused and uncomprehending a lot as ever there has been) only what they need most: a mission and the authority to carry it out. All he recommends they take in addition to this is a walking stick a personal goad to keep them moving when the terrain gets rough or when they get weary.

Strength and endurance is available to us through prayer. The disciples boldly setting out on their mission. They know the way in which they must walk and what they must do." Jesus has sent them on their mission and has entrusted them with his authority. Now it is their responsibility to get out on the road.