Luke 9:1-6, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020
Brothers and Sisters,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
This morning we heard in the Gospel how Jesus sent out his disciples to preach, to teach, to cast out demons, and to heal the sick. But first he had to prepare them. How did He do that?
What did the Gospel say? It says He first “called His twelve disciples together.” Unity. Harmony. This is a prerequisite. Like Paul said, “then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” You can’t be empowered by the Holy Spirit if you are at odds with everyone. That goes for us, too, of course! This is what Jesus needed to do – empower His disciples by the Holy Spirit, so He needed them unified!
Second, the Lord told them, “Don’t take your walking sticks, your satchels, your money, or even extra clothes. Why? Because He wanted them to express outwardly the message He wanted them to convey inwardly. The walking stick represents walking…walking by, passing through. Jesus wanted the people to know that His disciples were not just “passing through.” They want to stop, they want to stay, they want to talk to you – share with you the good news of the Kingdom with you. “Don’t carry your satchels,” Jesus said. Why? Your satchel contains your possessions, carried on your back. Jesus wanted them to show people that they need to be unburdened from their material possessions, become poor in spirit. The Kingdom of Heaven is not the trap of this fallen world. Don’t love this world, Jesus taught His disciples, nor the “things” of this world (1 John 2:15). Hence, “don’t carry your satchel.” Next, Jesus told them “don’t take any money with you.” Why? Jesus taught through St. Paul, “love of money is the root of all of evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” The disciples needed to demonstrate their dependence on God alone. If people received them into their homes and showed them hospitality, then, glory to God! If people didn’t receive them, then they were to leave town and shake the dust off of their feet. They were not to fund-raise along the way, either. Take no money, receive no money.
Next, Jesus tells them not to take more than one tunic, more than one outer garment. Again, Jesus had taught them not to be anxious about food or clothing, that God would take care of them. They had to trust in God and demonstrate that faith to those to whom they would preach and offer healing.
The apostles of Christ needed to demonstrate that they were authentic disciples of their Master, obedient to His teachings. Only then would the grace of the Holy Spirit descend on them to accomplish all that Christ asked them to do. It’s the same for us, too, isn’t it? We, too, need to be of one mind with Christ, with the Church, and with each other. We too must live righteously, making ourselves conformable with the teachings of Christ. In doing so, we too will be instruments of God, filled with the Holy Spirit, sharing the good news of the Kingdom, putting demons to flight, and bringing healing wherever we go.