Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick — no food, no sack, no money in their belts. (Gospel for July 11, Mk 6:7-8)
Jesus sends his disciples out on their mission with few provisions. It would be unthinkable for us today to take a trip without carrying cash or a credit card, making lodging arrangements or packing a suitcase. What are we to make of Christ’s instructions, and how do they relate to our own baptismal mission? I offer two thoughts. First, we must trust that God will provide for our needs as we carry out his work. Second, we must not be encumbered by “excess baggage” — anything in our lives that can hold us back from carrying out God’s will.
Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori:
This month, I challenge you to spend an hour each week in eucharistic adoration, reflecting on relying on God alone and becoming detached from the things of this world. Second, I challenge you to work with your pastor to implement the Faith in Action Holy Hour program.
Questions for Reflection:
Are you aware that Jesus is sending you on a mission in the world? Do you truly trust God to provide for your needs along the way? What “baggage” are you carrying that is holding you back from fulfilling God’s mission for you?