Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings

I am an over-packer.  As hard as I try, I pretty much always pack way too much.  So I always wondered why Jesus ordered the disciples to take nothing with them for the journey.  No walking stick or second tunic or any kind of money.  Well, I think there’s two reasons.  The first is that this would bring the disciples closer to the people they were ministering to.  But the second, and far more important, is that they might learn to trust God more.  If they went everywhere with everything they wanted to take, they would never have need of anything, or anyone.  But taking nothing with them, they are vulnerable and in need of just about everything.  The question for us disciples then, is what do we need to take out of our travelling bags so that we might trust God more?