Gospel according to Mark 6. 7-13
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Sunday July 15, 2018
The Gospel according to Mark 6: 7-13.
Like the disciples of Jesus, we are called to spread the Good News. Like them, we have to rid ourselves of everything that is superfluous and keep only what is essential, our faith and our self, which is a sacred temple in the service of Goodness.
This kind of action, in theory, might seem simple and easily achievable. Yet, everything seems to converge to make this a most difficult task. How can we rid ourselves of the luxury that our society offers to us and that we have within easy reach? How can we separate ourselves from material abundance and remain with what is fundamental? Yet, though we are living in quite different times, I’m convinced that for the disciples of Jesus, it was also difficult to let go of the little they owned and to keep only the minimum as they went from town to town, “missioned two by two.” These small nomadic communities remind us of our predecessors, our sisters, as they left for distant countries. They knew very little about the persons they would meet, but they were filled with the hope that only the urgent charity of Christ can give. I want us to continue on our way while improving ourselves and, at the same time, sharing the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A nice week to you all!
A Sister of Providence