Have you ever played that game where you have to say if you were stranded on an island what are the three things you’d bring with you? I always struggle to know what I’d really want when it comes to possessions because I’m afraid I’ll choose things that I’ll get bored with or won’t be the most helpful.
I thought about Jesus’ words from today’s gospel, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one carry a second tunic.” Talk about a leap of faith and even though they followed His directions they must have wondered if they could set out with only the clothes on their backs and what He had taught them.
Now, this doesn’t mean that we can’t carry money, a backpack, or food when we go out for school or work but what it points to is what’s the most important thing we can bring with us wherever we go…what’s going to help us find our way in the long run of life and the chapters that make up every stage of our lives. The answer the disciples discovered was: Jesus.
Today, if you can, talk with your family about what are the most important things they bring with them for school or work, etc. and how God fits into our daily life’s essentials; then spend some time in prayer thanking God for giving us this day and our families.
About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!