How easy it is to be distracted by our possessions! King David prayed that his son Solomon would be a success. He even made it easy for him by heaping up all sorts of treasures with which to build the Temple, and what happened? Solomon was a worldly success but not much else. Perhaps that is why Jesus, who knew the story well, sends out his disciples with as few possessions as possible. Like the seed that falls among thorns we can easily be swamped if we are surrounded by too much!