In Mark’s gospel today, Jesus tells his apostles to go out to spread the good news. He tells them to take VERY little. He also tells them to share His message, but if people didn’t listen – they should shake the dust from their sandals and move on.
Because of our baptism, we are called to do the same. Jesus is counting on us to continue to spread His gospel message. There are so many people out there now, wandering around in the dark like sheep without a shepherd.
I sort of see the world like baby sea turtles hatched in the night. The turtles try to flounder their way to the safety of the sea through the treacherous sand. They cannot see their way in the darkness, and they are so vulnerable to creatures who are waiting to swoop down and gobble them up. We must be like the scientists and sea turtle lovers who go out into the surf with lanterns to light the tiny turtles way. They are drawn to the light once it is provided, and many then make it safely to the water.
Like the apostles who did not take extra clothing or money, we must trust that when we are doing the will of God, He will provide for us faithfully. We don’t need a lot of baggage or material things. In fact, too many “Things” can weigh us down, and distract us from the mission.
Also, the gospel makes it clear that we are not responsible for how the good news is received – only that it is shared. Some may not welcome the good news, but at least the seed has been planted. We may never see the fruits of that, but must leave that up to the Master Gardener – God.