United States Conference of Secular institutes


In today’s Gospel Jesus tells his apostles that their mission will involve striking a delicate balance: On one hand, they have to be cunning and shrewd as serpents, and on the other hand they have to be innocent like doves. The apostles’ assertiveness in proclaiming that the reign of God is at hand will naturally invite persecution. Yet their sensitivity, their “dove-likeness” will call forth the inner strength of the Holy Spirit.