Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 9:1-6 – TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Saint Luke’s version of Jesus’ missionary instructions was intended for the early Church. The Lord instructs His disciples to preach and to cure diseases. The Kingdom was not to be an exclusively spiritual enterprise but an event that renews people in body and in spirit. This has been the justification for the mammoth social apostolate of the Church.
The instruction to travel without encumbrance places emphasis upon the Gospel as the rationale for the Church’s existence. The more encumbrances we have, the more time and money become diverted into maintaining them rather than the message.
This Gospel reading challenges us to find our identity first of all in our relationship with Christ rather than in the things we own or the income we can command. That relationship with Jesus defines, on the most profound level, who we are and what we are worth. The next step is to translate that self-definition into our life style.
Holiness is not only for hermits and angels. Discipleship is intended, by the Lord, to take place inside this world.
Jakarta, 26 September 2018
A Christian Pilgrim