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Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Travel lightly

Nowadays, people are afraid of losing everything.

In today’s Gospel (Mark 6:7-13), our Lord tells the Twelve to go into the world with NOTHING.

Jesus summoned the Twelve
and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them
to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick
—no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic.

This comes as a direct and certain command from the Lord Himself. He does not call every person to this at every moment. Indeed, we need to be diligent and prudent in fulfilling our responsibilities in this world.

But we need to be ready, when it may be required, to follow the Lord’s command.

The things of this world may be used for God’s glory and for the good of people in need, but when the situation demands and when God calls, we must go forward without fear and with absolute faith – even if we go forth with nothing else.