Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 26, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Tobit 13:2, 3-4a, 4befghn, 7-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Take nothing for the journey . . . .
What a strange instruction this must seem to people today who routinely pack large cars full of stuff to travel even a couple of days. Don't take anything with you! What is Jesus doing here?
We can see Jesus doing several things. The first is that He is teaching trust. God is utterly reliable. When you are doing His work, what you need to see it through is miraculously provided. We see this time after time in the Bible and the stories of the saints.
Jesus is also teaching detachment. It's hard to leave things behind. It's difficult to move forward on a mission without all of those things around us that give us comfort and security. Our comfort and security are to be in the Lord alone. He is the source of all comfort.
Finally, Jesus is reminding us of our ultimate destination and final home. On that Journey we will travel without walking stick, without a second tunic, without food, without anything we are accustomed to. We will be entering an unknown land through an unknown way. If we have become used to traveling in this way, that final Journey will become so much easier.
— JuandelaCruz --
Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian, martyrs
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