Gospel: Luke 9:1-6
Then Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to drive out all evil spirits and to heal diseases. And he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He instructed them, “Don’t take anything for the journey, neither staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and don’t even take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. And wherever they don’t welcome you, leave the town and shake the dust from your feet: it will be as a testimony against them.”
So they set out, and went through the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
“Don’t take anything for the journey.”
A suitcase company has for its trademark “Travel Lite”, found on its suitcases. The company simply wants to convey that using its suitcases we can tra- vel (very) lightly, while having plenty of stuff inside and with- out having to pull hard. Indeed, the suitcases—with their four wheels and very light material, but durable—are reliable and can help travelling overseas more comfortable.
Our journey through life can also be light with all its ups and downs, with all its burden and difficulties. We can still Travel Lite in our daily life, enjoying and living life to the full. To Travel Lite could mean being critically aware of the things that are ne- cessary and essential. It means discarding the things that do not contribute to our general well-being and good. It means being able to go through life in a relaxed, calm manner. It means being able to forgive others— and also our selves. To Travel Lite means to let go of resentments, chronic frustrations, mistakes and failures, rising above them. It means travelling with Jesus who said: “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” With Jesus, we can Travel Lite.
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