The Gospel for Today
Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.
Reflection (Sem. Alfredo Dimaano, Jr.):
“Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.” Travel light. This has constantly been the reminder to those who travel. To pack their things in just one back pack if possible to ensure easy journey. I have always been guilty of this as I always bring extra clothes and stuff especially during out of town vacations for fear (or being just paranoid) that we might get stranded along the way and I don’t have enough clothes!
Summoning the twelve, I was thinking why Jesus instructed them to do so? I have in mind three reasons.
First, maybe because they are not into a vacation. Their mission is to proclaim the kingdom of God and heal the sick, not an easy, breezy task to do.
Second, traveling with nothing entails total dependence on God. When we have nothing, we rely on the Lord and the generosity of people. We become more trusting that if He was the one who sent us on a journey, he will also be the one to sustain it.
Third, when He mentioned about “travelling light”, maybe he meant not only of material things but also, “personal baggages” that weigh one down along the journey. For one to completely follow Him means leaving behind everything unnecessary that can hamper the journey: bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, envy, caprices, and even personal preferences.
Submitting myself to formation is similar to that. Along the way, I discover issues and concerns that affect me. As for me, the past year has been a process of confronting, and “unloading” of the hurts of yesterday. Hopefully, I become more prepared to face my mission. Journeys become more worthwhile not only because of the things that we bring or not bring with us; it is more of who our Companion is along the way. I know, Jesus is with us every step of the journey.