Thursday: 12th July, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 10:7-15
Matthew 10:10 Take no scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
While in secondary school, prior to returning to boarding school each term, I had a long list of items I needed to buy: shirts, biscuits and usually an assortment of canned foods because those were needed to make my life as a student more comfortable. The list mentioned in the Gospel of today present a number of items one may need to have a good holiday – some extra shirts, a travelling bag, shoes and even a walking stick, should one enjoy such holidays.
The key element common to the items mentioned above is the provision of comfort, but Jesus appears to dash any hopes of getting comfortable when carrying the message of the Gospel by presenting that almost as a no-go area. He attaches a peculiar sense of urgency to the message that one cannot afford to be occupied with superficial and materialistic necessities that the key mandate of ‘the Gospel’ is forgotten.
Not having to carry gold or silver on this journey was more than because the workman was worthy of his wages- it is because one could very easily be distracted and consumed by the pursuit of these things; always at the expense of something else. Sometimes, family or good relationships and in this case, the message of the Gospel.
Beloved, there is no leeway for the proclamation of the Gospel to be made a journey of comfort as it is anything but that. It is a task that requires our utmost concentration and the keenest of our efforts, not our ability to take time off and bask in the sun.
Remember # the proclamation of the Gospel is a mission, not a holiday trip