Gospel: Lk 9:1-6
Then Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to drive out all evil spirits and to heal diseases. And he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He instructed them, “Don’t take anything for the journey, neither staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and don’t even take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. And wherever they don’t welcome you, leave the town and shake the dust from your feet: it will be as a testimony against them.” So they set out, and went through the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
Jesus sends the twelve disciples on mission. It is the first time he has sent them out on their own without his being with them. Basically, they are to do exactly as their Master does. They are given power to heal illnesses and proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. They are to travel lightly and not to bring anything with them which would make travelling heavy and difficult. No walking staff, or purse, or food, or money, nor even a change of clothing. It is understood that the people will support them in return for the services they render. The radicality of the mission is not so much that they travel with less but to trust in God’s providence. What they have to carry is their faith in God who will be with them in carrying the mission entrusted to them. It is God’s mission. The same mission is entrusted to each one of us. We are called, individually and in community, to proclaim the Gospel by word and witness. We are called to help liberate people from suffering and addictions of all kinds. We are called to be instruments of healing and wholeness in our little ways and making a difference in people’s lives. We are called to live lives of simplicity and open to recognize peoples’ hospitality.
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