Reflections on Luke (4)

“Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money or even a change of clothes.  Wherever you go, stay in the same house until you leave town.”

Jesus comment reminds me of one of my favourite “feel good” books.  The two mad men below decide to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats.  They start out dressed splendidly as the book jacket suggests – the problem is not only do they have no clothes, they also have no bikes. So they have to blag/discover/swap/trade. They can’t spend money – they are happy to work for their accommodation but they are relying on “the kindness of strangers”  It’s a fun book – laugh out loud funny – I learned it’s never wise to microwave your underpants.  The strange combinations of clothes they end up wearing and the odd meals they eat, the weird and wonderfully generous people they meet make you proud to be British. Their family do secretly sabotage their plans by planting a bag of chocolate on a passing stranger to donate to them…..oh and the bikes are dreadful…

Jesus sent the disciples out without even a clean spare shirt – though I am sure they didn’t start out on a freezing day in just their underpants.  They too would have been totally reliant on the kindness of other people. They had no means of defending themselves – no staff or walking stick.  Totally, utterly poor.  Which I guess is the antidote to the spiritual riches Jesus has just entrusted them with.  I find the idea of being that dependent and vulnerable terrifying. I’m finding it hard enough to be temping, feeling more than a little precarious with regard to day to day income. I am so impressed that Jesus sent them out trustingly poor, what a challenge to my own desire to have everything wrapped up and organised.  They really did have “treasure in clay containers” – ordinary men’s lives extra-ordinary power and authority



One thought on “Reflections on Luke (4)”

  1. Mmmm – definitely with you in regard to the precariousness of non-steady income, find it extremely hard not to be independent – though having somebody else to consider in one’s life is still rather novel & I still find myself caught out when I forget to say I’m going to be late or I stop to chat with a friend & get delayed. One’s actions have consequences upon others.
    Take care & hoping (& praying) job situation settles into something permanent.


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