All the post-Easter feasts are now finished and the Sunday liturgies return to the regular order of “Ordinary” time. Today we begin the 12th week and we resume reading from Mat- thew for our Sunday gospel. In this section of the gospel Jesus is giving instructions to his disciples before he sends them out on their first mission; we hear his encouragement to boldness, even in the face of opposition and persecution. “Do not be afraid” Jesus says to them several times in this passage. While that is wonderful spiritual advice, there are also situations that call for a little prudence and maybe even some caution. I think that Jesus would agree.
We all want to encourage the young, and hear others encourage us in the face of some perils, but sometimes we also want to exercise a little caution and good judgment before jumping into the water.