Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with a few coppers for your purses, with no haversack for the journey or spare tunic or footwear or a staff, for the workman deserves his keep. Matthew 10 : 9
• This must have been a tough call for the 12 disciples when Jesus commissioned them to go out and proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven. Peter was not short of a few bob, and neither was Matthew the tax collector. It must have been particularly hard on Judas who was in charge of the common purse, but as St Paul reminds us: “Remember how generous the Lord was: he was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty.” (2 Corinthians 8 : 9)
I remember a woman once telling me how rich she was. She claimed to be a billionaire! Yet I knew her circumstances, and there wasn’t a whiff of money about her. She went on to explain that she was rich in love. I believed her. She had experienced an instantaneous and miraculous cure from MS in front of the Blessed Sacrament at Knock Shrine. Ever since, she has devoted her life to bringing the love of Jesus to sick people. I have even known her at times to walk miles to visit a sick person and not take a bus or taxi because she had no money for the fare. Such are the disciples of Jesus.
I desire to teach you and help you to walk the way of holiness.
part message, June 25, 1991