“To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” Lk 4:43
Changing cultures, jobs, cities or countries is always difficult. Most of us, even if life is difficult, prefer to stay where we are, physically, emotionally and spirituality, and it is this last dimension that is so contrary to the Spirit of Jesus. Knowing that the sick and struggling, as well as his own disciples, want him to stay in one place, Jesus resists their entreaties and reminds everyone that he was sent by God to preach the good news to all people.
Missionaries in the Church have always known this simple truth. We are all called to go two by two into the world to announce the Gospel. Because so many have yet to hear about the healing love and freedom of Jesus, believers will always find a way to let go of what is comfortable and secure. As Helen Keller famously wrote:
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.(Keller)Jesus continues to invite his followers to "a daring adventure." We are to throw ourselves on his mercy, trust in his guidance, and fearlessly go about in the world with confidence and joy.
Today, introduce yourself to someone new.
What do you think are the most important qualities of a disciple of Jesus?