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Luke 9: 1-3

He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal [the sick].  He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic”. - Luke 9: 1-3

Wow!  Can you imagine being one of the twelve apostles and Jesus telling you to leave EVERYTHING behind and follow Him? How would you feel?

Imagine leaving everything behind that makes you feel secure.  Imagine leaving your friends, your family, your home, your food, and your clothing.  Imagine the level of trust and faith that you would have to have in order to leave all of that behind and follow Jesus.  You would be putting your complete and total faith in God....that He will provide for you and give you all that you need for your mission. 

It must have been terrifying for the twelve apostles!  They were sent out into the world armed only with their deep faith and connection to God in order to continue the mission of Jesus.

As Catholics, you and I are called to continue the work of Jesus, just like the apostles.  God is not asking for you to give up everything, but He is asking for you to connect with Him and to use the gifts and talents that He has given you to help build the Kingdom of God in today’s world. 

What are you willing to give up in order to do that?  Are you willing to put down your cell phone and connect to God each day in prayer? Are you willing to open your bible, read a verse, reflect on the words, and pray? As noted in the video by Chris Stefanick during our first class session, “are you willing to give God 12 minutes a day?”


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