Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
“Jesus said to his apostles, ‘Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick.’” (From Matthew 10:7-15)
Yesterday we recalled the naming of the Apostles and Jesus instructing them to make the proclamation, “the kingdom of God is at hand!” Today’s passage picks up there and then goes on to guide them in how to do this. The key practice imparted in his words today? Detachment. Truly, less is more.
Every time that I pack for a trip, whether it be for one night or one week, I find myself not only asking, “what do I need to bring?” but also, “what can I do without?” I’m a guy who likes to travel as light as possible, but there’s always the tension of “how much stuff to bring.” We experience a similar tension in day to day living as Christians. Seeking a balance when it comes to our “things” of this world is always going to be a challenge, but this is what we, like the apostles, are instructed to do.
Consider whether or not something is weighing you down, something that keeps you from living life as you are called to live it. We are on a journey from God back to God, and the sooner we get the true meaning of “less is more” the sooner we will realize the sacredness of the journey and the time that we have to make it.