Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.— Dr. Seuss: (1904 – 1991: was an American author, political cartoonist, and artist)
Gospel Text: (MT 10:7-15)
Jesus said to his Apostles:
"As you go, make this proclamation:
'The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts;
no sack for the journey, or a second tunic,
or sandals, or walking stick.
The laborer deserves his keep.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it,
and stay there until you leave.
As you enter a house, wish it peace.
If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it;
if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words—
go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.
Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment
than for that town."
In today's Gospel reading as Jesus sends off the Twelve on mission, he tells them, " Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give." Jesus had given them the gifts of healing, to give hope and life to people: he asked them to share it with people to make them happy and to better their lives.
St. Teresa of Calcutta said, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." Like what? To tell your spouse how beautiful he or she is. To spend time with a sick friend. To console someone with a short email or text. To encourage your child in what he/she is doing. There are so many "small things we can do with great love."
Jesus tells the Twelve not to bring gold or an extra shirt but to trust in other people. He reminds us to travel light and to be aware of what is really important in our life's journey. He tells us to trust in the goodness of people and to believe in the benevolence of God's creation.