Thursday, July 9, 2015
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
People traveling by plane these days know they need to prepare carefully for their journey. Summer travelers hoping to "camp out" must also be prepared for just about any emergency or visit from nature's residents.
In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus gives the Twelve some travel instructions for their ministry. He tells these ordinary people to "travel lightly" -- take a walking stick only -- no food, no extra clothes and no money! They did as he suggested and were able to bring God's healing to the sick and those in need.
Over 2,000 years later, Jesus continues to call ordinary people to travel with him. What would Jesus suggest we take along on this journey of love? The walking stick of faith, the tunic of compassion, and the joy and hope that nourishes body and soul will help us to travel lightly and follow the example of the Lord of Love.
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