Message from Fr. Tony 07.11.21

The Things that Weigh us Down If you have travelled anywhere, by car or train or airplane, you probably spent time trying to decide what to bring and what to leave behind. I am always amazed at how many things people bring, or try to bring, on an airplane! They look like refugees, carrying everything they own, as if they are not going to find what they need in another place. Jesus tells his disciples, and us, that what we really need, the important thing, is something intangible: a life that shows our faith in God alone to provide for our needs.
Jesus tells the disciples to take nothing with them, but to go “two by two.” Why? So that each one could help the other.
In our spiritual journey we do not walk alone but together as children of God. Hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder we keep going putting our whole faith and trust in God to provide for our needs.
We must, however, set aside the sin, that, as the author of the letter to the Hebrews said: “Weighs us down.” The Cross
we carry is not a burden, sin is a burden that makes our journey more difficult, like people at the airport or train station
burdened with excess luggage. Finally, we need to have our spiritual eyes open to see Jesus at work in our lives, leading us toward our heavenly home. To do this we look with the eyes of faith, not looking back to the things we have left behind. Jesus said that, if a man puts his hand to the plow, and looks back, he is not fit for the Kingdom of God.
May the Lord lead us with hearts free from sin, and eyes open and focused on Him, as we follow in the footsteps of the
early disciples, on our journey to our heavenly home, never looking back to the old ways of sin and death. Fr. Tony