Wednesday, 6 February 2013

No Bread, No Bag, No Money...

"He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts"
Mk 6:8

Reading
Mk 6:7-14

Jesus ordered his disciples not to take any bread, bag or money on their mission. This mission was authorized by Jesus Christ himself. This authority over unclean spirits came with a specific command: no bread, no bag, no money. This is the real call for discipleship, a missionary of Christ cannot take bread, bag or money in his journey he has to rely on divine providence. They did not carry anything with them but, they did heal people and made their masters name proud, "Jesus' name had become known."

"My dear and beloved Brother, the treasure of blessed poverty is so very precious and divine that we are not worthy to possess it in our vile bodies. For poverty is that heavenly virtue by which all earthy and transitory things are trodden under foot, ... It is she who accompanied Christ on the Cross, was buried with Christ in the Tomb, and with Christ was raised and ascended into Heaven, for even in this life she gives to souls who love her the ability to fly to Heaven, and she alone guards the armor of true humility and charity.”

- St. Francis of Assisi

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