Jesus sent his Apostles out two by two
“Jesus summoned the Twelve and sent them out two by two. . . ”
To be summoned, to be called forth. . . If someone summons you, you probably have been chosen for a particular task. As in being served a “summons,” you will be called to testify to something you have knowledge of. So it was for the Apostles who were summoned by Jesus and sent two by two.
In today’s Gospel Jesus gave the Apostles specific instructions before they left:
† Take nothing for the journey but a walking stick
† No food, no sack, no money
† No second tunic
† Wear sandals
† Stay where you are welcomed
† Shake the dust from your feet against those who do not welcome you
Jesus was quite firm in his instructions. If you were summoned by Jesus in this way, could you go, following all these instructions, to do the work of Jesus in this world? To be sure most of us would be surprised to hear this same kind of call today. Yet, in a very real sense we as Christians are called to share the Good News of Jesus on a daily basis. By our Baptism into the family of God, we share as priest, prophet and king the responsibility to
take the Good News to the world.
Jesus sent his Apostles out two by two, perhaps that they might find strength and courage in a companion. Could it be that they were not just support for one another, but that they had much to learn from each other? We are not sent into the world alone either. We are sent from the moment of our Baptism with the companionship of the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised would be with us
always. Could it be that Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit not only to support us, but that we might have much to learn from knowing his presence?
Think about your weekly activities: Do others come to know Jesus through you? How in your life do you model being a disciple of Christ? How do you teach others about Jesus and how willing are you to share your love for God with others? Your journey, like the Apostles, may not call for food or money or luggage. You may, like the Apostles but Jesus instructs all to carry on, to continue His work.
Let us take time this week to think about how our words and actions inform others about the Good News of Jesus Christ. And in the words of St. Francis of Assisi: “Speak the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words.” May the Holy Spirit remain our constant companion and guide.
Blessed be your journey,