WE JOURNEY TOGETHER
“Then Christ appointed seventy-two disciples and sent them out ahead of Him in teams of two, to go to the towns and villages that He Himself would soon be visiting. Jesus said to them, ‘The harvest is rich, but the laborers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to do His harvesting. Be now on your journey, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Take with you no purse, no backpack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, “Peace to this house.” …Cure those in that place who are sick, and proclaim, ‘The kingdom (realm) of God is very near to you.'” – Luke 10:1-5,9
The two Sisters were riding their bikes across campus. I called out to them. In well-timed unison together they stopped, looked back at me, and offered a smile and a friendly wave. And I thought, “Surely these two are well-schooled in traveling together, … like the disciples Jesus sent into the villages in teams of two, to bring peace, healing, and a heightened awareness of the “nearness” of God’s new age and realm.
Something we tend to forget about the way of Christian disciples … we who are sometimes monastic hermits cherishing solitary solitude … and we who are sometimes practitioners of proud self-sufficiency and fierce independence … we tend to forget that Christian disciples journey together … we journey together in both teams of two and in gathered communities. We journey together … we do not journey there alone.
Throughout the New Testament, disciples and saints are always considered in terms of “we” and not in terms of “me”. By definition, Christians always journey through this world and on to the next world … together. It is always “we” and not “me”. We are always disciples in the plural and we are always saints in the plural.
And why might this sense of two by twos, and gathered communities be so essential to the Christian Way? I am quite sure this is for a multitude of reasons, but two reasons might be these: first, we all need a “priest” to help bear the burden of our inner selves and second, we all need a “yokefellow” to share the weight of the Christian work that is always greater than one soul can do alone.
So, my Loved Ones, I hope that you have or will soon find your fellow worker in the fields, your fellow “priest” with whom you can share you soul, your “yokefellow” who can share in doing your work for the Lord. Mine is Brother Patrick … a humble soul who journeys with me. And yours goes by the name of …
Brother Anthony of the Cross
with Brother Patrick at my side …