The gospel message which Jesus proclaimed (and the Church in his name continues to proclaim) is not simply what he says but who he is. The gospel is Jesus. Likewise those who proclaim Jesus to the world do not simply announce his message: they are his message. “Cry the Gospel with your life!” Our lives as heralds of his Good News should point to Jesus, not to ourselves: and that will happen only if we live in him and he lives in us.
Note that Jesus did not send out the Twelve individually, but as six pairs. The relationships within the Church are inherent to its mission. The Church is not a random collection of individuals but the Body of Christ. The Fathers of the Church described the pairs of disciples as living images of the great commandment: to love God and to love our neighbour. Married couples are sacraments of this great truth.
“Take nothing for the journey,” Jesus says to them. The style of our clothes, the size of our bank balance, or the luggage we carry are not essential to the gospel we are. Our utter trust in those to whom we are sent is a sermon in itself, even if we are rejected or ridiculed. In a world governed by suspicion, fear and mistrust, such an approach may be judged incredible folly; but it is the only way to cast out this unclean spirit. However, we are sent not only to confront evil but to heal wounds. Our own sinfulness, weakness and vulnerability is the staff we bear, as we walk beside the wounded and broken with compassion and love.
“Before the world was made, God chose us in Christ to live through love in his presence” (Ephesians 1:4).
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