When I looked for an image of sandals for today's reflection, so many, many, many types of sandals were available. I'm thinking that in Jesus' day, there were only a couple of styles available, and you were happy to have them! But even then, they weren't completely necessary, since Jesus sent his disciples out without them. He stripped them down the the most necessary things needed to preach the gospel: their words and their example.
One more thing: Thinking about all the accessories I have to be a mom, I wonder what is really necessary. The diaper bag, purse, cell phone, tissues, car, clothes, computer are all things that help me be a mom; but they aren't what defines my motherhood. Really, to fulfill my vocation of motherhood like the disciples fulfilled theirs, all I need is my example, and my words. Since Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God is at hand, I better make sure they are both beyond reproach!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let me never forget that you have given me a divine mission: motherhood. Help me to focus on that mission and filter the distractions of the 'stuff' that comes with the job. Thank you for the example of the disciples. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Jerome, pray for me.