Going into The World
Gospel Reading: Luke 10: 1-20/38-42
Dear Community of Christians
This summer people from all over the world visited cities and famous places. It is difficult to imagine how so many people have travelled at this time, spanning the globe.
At first glance, we could ask, from where did the impulse to travel come from, sometimes so far into the world, and for so many people?
Certainly, each person decided to do this for themselves with different motivations. For example, to explore the beauty of special places in the world, as well as the culture of those different locations. Perhaps, also to look from a distance with a different perspective at our everyday life at home? Or simply to recover their strength for the coming winter through sun, wind and water.
To associate a task with it, or to even think about it, is certainly not the motivation. But perhaps this has to do with our lack of awareness that we have a task, especially when we decide to set out.
In this time, in every encounter all over the world, one has to fear that the other person is afraid of me because of a deadly disease I may carry. Could it be our special task today to let our true humanity shine brightly from within? It doesn’t matter from which perspective my counterpart comes from. A truly human attitude could then become a bridge from being to being.
Our Gospel of today says: “If those who were sent really followed the Lord's advice, then they could report full of joy, ‘even the Demons we have conquered’.”
As we go into the world, with an ever-expanded awareness that we are emissaries of the Lord, Christ in us, in every human encounter, then perhaps in the future we could free the demons of fear from their excessive influence in our lives and bring them to a certain obedience.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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