Commentary on the Gospel of
Gabriel Marcel defines human being as “homo viator”: journeying person. Human life is a journey with a beginning and a destination. We walk with others, interacting with them. It is also a journey wherein our interiority unfolds—St. Teresa of Avila speaks of spiritual life as a camino (journey). In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends his disciples on a journey. It will be a journey wherein they will learn how to travel light and with others, carrying only what is most essential; how to enter the lives of others and exit; and how to offer God. In the first reading, we find David dying and offering his son the wisdom learned from his journey of life. He reminds that the most essential thing to succeed in this life is fidelity to God. Nothing else counts ultimately in the journey, really.