Luke’s Gospel tells us that Our Lord sent out his disciples two by two. (Lk 10:1-9) He sent them out in pairs because He knew how easy it is for us to get discouraged. You and I need a companion along the way to help bear the burdens of preaching the Gospel. Yes, sometimes the Gospel demands more energy than one man has.
Remember Peter who denied three times that he even knew who Jesus was? Even John, likely the youngest disciple ran away when Jesus was bound in chains and led away by some soldiers. Fearful that he was next, he ran away naked.
That night there was Peter, without his brothers in the Gospel, standing and warming his sinful hands at the fire of the pagans in Pilate’s courtyard. Timid, alone and frightened.
Judas distraught with no where to go, fashions a noose, throws the rope up over a strong branch and with his traitorous hands pushes himself off into the air. He dies unsupported and alone.
We all bear the effects of original sin, especially pride. If I think that because of my preaching or my example that I am somebody, leave it to a companion to set me straight. My friend along the way will see when I need understanding, will see when I need to be left alone for awhile.
How satisfying it is to have my companion walk with me on the Gospel journey and to feel a supporting hand on my shoulder.
“A brother who is helped by his brother is a strong city.” (Proverbs 18:19)