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.