"Jesus summoned the twelve and began to send them out two by two."
"If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." Ecc 4:10
They show up quite a bit in the Bible.
In today's reading, Jesus sends the apostles out in pairs. He knows that they will be witnesses together and strengthen each other. In Mt 8:10, Jesus tells us that he will be there where two come together, and in 10:2, Matthew even lists the apostles in pairs. Important events such as preparing the Upper Room, and securing the donkey for Palm Sunday also involved pairs.
What I find interesting, is that today, we seemed to have moved to either side of that number. At one end, we have less intimate, large gatherings that number in the hundreds or thousands. At the other end, we have many people doing things (including praying) by themselves, without the support of another. Both, of course, have their places. But I can't help but wonder if we are missing some wonderful opportunities by not working in twos more often.
God Bless you.