Too much?

Before I go anywhere for a week or a weekend, I always make a list of what to bring.  I think about what I’m going to do, and what I might need.  To make sure that I’m prepared for whatever happens.  Maybe a little too prepared.   

Which is the opposite of Sunday’s Gospel (Mark).  Jesus sends the Apostles out, but before they go, He gives them a very detailed list.  Of what not to bring. 

It’s the basics.  All the things you’d want to take on a walking trip.  Which makes no sense, if the Apostles are supposed to do it all on their own. 

But they aren’t.  And that’s the point. 

More on this tomorrow.