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Get Up and Go Ruth 1:1-18

Get Up and Go

Ruth reminds us of the importance of taking risks and following God into an unknown future.

At a Glance

We begin with a surprising finding that Americans are not as mobile as in generations past. According to one study "the likelihood of 20-somethings moving to another state has dropped over 40 percent since the 1980s, and the proportion of young adults living at home doubled between 1980 and 2008." Using this as a starting point, we move to the text which deals with a lot of comings and goings, and a young woman's courageous choice to live as an expat with her mother-in-law -- a brave decision on so many levels ....

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Saint Search," November 5, 2000, at

"Go West, young man, go West. There is health in the country, and room away from our crowds of idlers and imbeciles."

That's what the man said: Idlers and imbeciles. Just where in the West, specifically, was he thinking? California? Oregon? Colorado? Don't know.

This advice was given by the American author Horace Greeley in 1833, and it became a...

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