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13 Jul

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Traveling Lightly

“He instructed them to take nothing but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.”

Imagine yourself in this scenario. You’ve been with Jesus for quite some time now. You’ve paid attention to all that has been going on. And now, Jesus is asking you to go out on mission. Could you do it? Could you go without any visible means of support, having only the companionship of one other person? Could you live depending on the total generosity of others for food, shelter, and any other support you might need?

This call to leave it all is a radical call. Not all of us are called to leave home and family to be itinerant missionaries. All we have to do is pack for one journey, whether it is a vacation, or a pilgrimage, or even work travel. We often realize that we pack too much! It is difficult to travel lightly; our decisions often depend on a feeling that we might need things, just in case! We are attached to things!

The invitation then is to begin practices of trust and detachment. Some would call it living simply.

What material comforts might Jesus be inviting us to leave behind in order to be a freer and more faithful disciple? What do you really need to go out into the world? Are we able to trust the companion on our journey and do we have the faith that God will provide? Can we begin to travel lightly? And what will we learn about ourselves and our dependence on God in the process?