Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus did not journey alone…and neither can we.
“Accompanying Him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities …and many others who provided for them out of their resources.”
These women and men were called to follow Jesus. He promised them that they would never be alone. He told them that after His death, “… the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26. This Holy Spirit would remain with the followers of Jesus down through the ages until the end of time.
In Acts 2:42, we read that the Holy Spirit shaped the early Christian community so that they
- they remained faithful to the teachings of the apostles. They were a community founded by the apostles and rooted in the teachings of Jesus;
- they were faithful to the community. They were not lone wolves. They were bonded together in Jesus;
- they were faithful to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. They were a community nourished by the Body and the Blood of the Lord. They were a praying community.
- the faithful all lived together and owned everything in common. They celebrated life together and took care of each other. They were inclusive. All were welcome to fellowship.
Jesus did not journey alone and neither do we. The Holy Spirit is with us and our brothers and sisters in faith are with us. We are bonded together: young and old, men and women, rich and poor, conservative and liberal, gay and straight, Republicans and Democrats, healthy and sick – all of us sinners and in need of God’s grace. Together we journey with Jesus.