Packing Light

Packing Light

Sermon Introduction –

In our gospel reading, Jesus sends his disciples out to do ministry. They don’t have many supplies to take with them: just walking sticks and tunics. What a difficult mission! Have you ever felt like you don’t have enough? What does God say to us in the moments when we feel weakest?

Introduction to this week’s readings

Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the assembly to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the “between”: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.

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