Take Nothing But a Walking Stick

Bears repeating…

Creo en Dios!

In today’s Gospel from St Mark, Jesus send out “the “Twelve” with instructions to “take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts.”

I smile every time I read that passage. We were just away for a weekend and the CRV was packed with clothes, computer, snacks, hiking shoes, books, and so on and so forth. Go forth with nothing?

I think there are two different ways we might take Jesus’ instruction and both are worth reflecting on.

First is the invitation to rely on God rather than ourselves, to have faith that God will provide us with what we need as we go about proclaiming the Gospel. That doesn’t mean we don’t need to make any preparation, but it does mean that we remind ourselves that, ultimately, it is God who steers our ship, not us.

Second (and I…

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