Feast of St. Pius of Pietrelcina

Readings: Prv. 30:5-9 | Ps. 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163 | Lk. 9:1-6

Today we witness the missioning ceremony for the disciples. It is a rather simple ceremony. Jesus blesses them and sends them out to bring His Word to everyone they meet. But, there is something strange here. Jesus tells them to go and take nothing with them. They are not to bring food or money, walking stick or clothing. Hearing these words today in 2012, we are tempted to take them and revise them because they do not make sense. Who would go on a journey with nothing? Yet this is what Jesus tells us to do! We are called to place our trust in God to provide for us. When we try to put things into our back pack, we are tempted to rely on these things to preach the Word of God. Jesus invites us to rely on Him for every thing we need. Doing so, we will not be tempted to take credit for whatever happens. The results will be attributed to God. Doing so, God will provide for us in all ways. Proverbs seems to copy Luke. “Provide only what I need lest I become too proud and take credit for what happens or being in want, I am tempted to steal from others.”

How much do you rely on God? How is this seen in your living? How do you trust God? How much do you give credit to God for all the good things in your life? In what way can you develop greater trust in your life? Decide on one way to do so today. Carry that decision out.

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