Jesus is calling forth virtues such as simplicity, devotedness to service and gentle demeanor as he sends his apostles out to preach in today’s Gospel.
In his instructions Jesus emphasizes the importance of poverty or, what might better be called today, simplicity. His preachers are not to take anything with them on the journey. Money, food, even a change of clothes become excessive burdens. His reason for streamlining is to impress upon the people the message of the kingdom. God provides for those who trust in him. The people will supply preachers’ needs. In this way they will not only receive the good news but will also have an opportunity to share it.
We are all asked to help transform the world by becoming models of simplicity.