Good News B33
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.”
Today pretend you are twenty-one years old. Jesus is sending you and your best friend on a journey. He tells you to take a walking stick and wear sandals and one outfit …a pair of jeans and a t-shirt will do. The people who invite you into their homes will feed you and give you a place to sleep. He tells you to stay in a home until you decide to go to a different place. How far would you get? Jesus’ disciples had a great deal of faith in Jesus to do this. They had faith that God would furnish their every need in Jesus’ name.
One time my little brother ran away from home. When he got three blocks away, he sat down on the side of the road and ate his peanut butter sandwich, two cookies and drank his thermos of milk. He walked another block, got hungry and turned around and came back home. He was too young to have faith that his heavenly Father would provide for him. However, he had faith that his earthly parents would provide what he needed. Therefore, he went back home.
God, our heavenly Father, may not expect you to take a journey like he asked his disciples to take. But, he does want you to take a journey in faith. He wants you to trust that he will provide everything you need in life. He wants you to ask for what you think you need, and believe that he will provide what you truly need according to his will.
If your shoes are worn out, ask for a new pair of shoes. If you have no food on the table, ask to be able to figure out how to earn money to get some food. If learning math is a problem for you, ask God to help you figure out the hardest problems. If you have a hard time managing your temper, ask God to teach you how to solve your problems in a peaceful manner. You will be amazed at how God answers your every prayer in unusual ways!
Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you increase your faith in him and your faith in yourself. Ask God to give you everything you need each day to live and walk in the path he has chosen for you.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Copyright © 2003 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.