Take nothing for the journey


“Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”

There are two ways to look at this simple quote; one practical and the other spiritual. On the practical side, traveling in such a manner did not draw any attention to yourself or your mission. In the day any preaching about another kingdom would have been viewed as a threat by the empire and a threat either real or perceived led to the same doom.Kings did not take lightly anyone threatening their domain. In the spiritual, Saint Francis was a great follower of this quote. For him it is blessed poverty and a total reliance on God. It is a summary of the rule of mendicant orders.The wording of the quote though is specific: it mentions five items . Without a walking stick, all they can lean on is God, and without a sack they can not become attached to earthly goods. No food teaches them to rely on grace(the good grace of others), and no money teaches them what is truly valuable.With only one tunic, their is no duplicity.That’s only one quick interpretation though..

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