I’ll bet the disciples were both nervous and excited when Jesus sent them out to proclaim the peace of his kingdom. Sharing joy and good news is uplifting, but sometimes it can be nerve-wracking to step outside our comfort zone! In his directions for their mission, Jesus directs the disciples to go out in pairs, totally dependent on God’s providence and the kindness of strangers. Having a friend along can often make a journey more fun, and it’s comforting to have an ally when we’re uneasy or afraid. Were some of the disciples uncomfortable not bringing any provisions or money along? What did they learn about placing all their trust in God?

What friendships and support systems am I most thankful for? In which parts of my life do I totally depend on God to take care of me?  How do I share the peace of Jesus’ kingdom with others?

Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation for a parish in the Diocese of Green Bay.