July 3 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
By the Grace of God
Jesus gives His disciples missionary credentials in this Sunday’s Gospel. They are to have no money, no shoes, no luggage, be unfriendly on the road, yet, the first house they enter they are to offer a blessing of peace. It is a rather strange set of instructions especially to our modern ears. Going out into the world in that manner would require a great trust that personal needs are going to be met and the mission a success and maybe that is the point. Few of us will go out as missionaries, but the essential thing is that we live and witness our faith totally dependent on the God’s Grace. Maybe the saying “But by the Grace of God, I am and I go” is our take home message this week.