July 11, 2015

No one likes to be vulnerable.  We have erected careful systems to make sure that we are not vulnerable.  As individuals, we take out insurance policies.  As nations, we devise social security schemes.  Or to give a different type of example, we invest in security systems for our homes and offices;  nations recruit and train armies and police forces.  Vulnerability is bad.  Part of the effect of the economic downturn of our times is the fear it brings, fear especially of unemployment.  Suddenly we all feel vulnerable.

In the gospel today (Mark 6.7-13) Jesus gives us a different perspective about vulnerability.  He sends out his little band of disciples to do his work of preaching and healing. He tells them to go without extra clothes or spare money.  They are to depend on the people they move among for their necessities.  Their ministry will commend them to the people.  If they do not succeed, they will have to move on and find more receptive people el...

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