The difference between the Apostles and us is that when we plan journeys, we are usually planning vacations or business trips. The Apostles are being sent on a mission. The requirements and needs of a vacation are many. The requirement of a mission is simple: to do the work of the one who sends, trusting that God will provide for the needs along the way. Everyone places expectations on a vacation or business trip. Sometimes they are realized and the trip is considered successful. When they are not realized, the trip is a failure. The mission upon which the Apostles were sent was successful in their taking it on. They needed nothing else.
Every week, our dismissal from Mass is accompanied by a mission. “Go forth to love and serve the Lord.” Like the Apostles, we are sent out to heal and teach repentance, depending on God’s Providence to sustain us. How do we accomplish that mission during the week? How can we do the work of healing in our families, our schools, our workplaces preach the need for repentance and how do we humbly ask forgiveness from others? G.K. Chesterton once said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” Our mission is before us. We need do nothing less than try.