He sent disciples ahead of him to announce the Good News; he will not be far behind. Two by two affords some protection on the dangerous, ancient roads; it was also Jewish custom to believe testimony based on the witness of two people. Jesus was sent by the Father. Instructions on how they are to conduct themselves are more detailed than what they are to say. They are to travel light - they are not vacationers. They are not to lose time with lengthy, oriental greetings. They are not to upgrade their lodging. In a word, they are to be single- minded. We stand in this same tradition.
Ut Omnes Unum Sint, ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam – That they all may be One, for the greater glory of God
For July 7 , July 14 , July 21 , and July The letter gives the dates of the retreat, the name of the retreat master, and a list of things that each priest is supposed to bring. Someday, perhaps, those will be added, but for now, it is a simple list.
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 7, 2019
Every verse has something to say about the way a Christian steward should approach others. This approach to evangelization certainly provided practical advantages. The disciples could lean on each other for mutual support and encouragement, helping each other to stay on task and to put their heads together to pray and problem-solve. This teamwork approach is just as relevant to us modern-day Christian stewards. It takes courage and commitment to go out and invite others into the Christian life. We need to work together to do it well. But there is also symbolic importance to working in teams.
Galatians The church in Galatia was struggling. You have to become a Jewish convert as well as a Christian. When Paul got wind of this, he fired off a harsh letter of rebuke. For Paul, the issue went to the heart of the gospel message. If the Galatians embraced circumcision, they would be perpetuating the old division between Jew and Gentile that Jesus had come to destroy.