“If you ever wish the disciples had more backbone, here it is.” Preaching exactly fifty years since his ordination, the Rev. Canon James G. Callaway reflects on how today’s reading is “a perfect parable for the Christian life.” When Jesus leaves detailed instructions for the disciples' first journey, he focuses not on what they should take, but rather what not to take with them. “He ordered them to take nothing except a staff. No bread, no bag, no money in their belts.” It is in these moments, Father Jamie reminds us, when “we leave our duffle bags behind” that we too can begin to understand that God’s grace alone is sufficient. The readings are 2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2–10 and Mark 6:1–13.
July 4, 2021