Reflection on Mark 6:7-13 ~
Christ’s instructional metaphors apply to our own journeys. For us to take nothing, at minimum means leaving behind certain thoughts (and objects) to which we are attached. It is not easy, as most of us have long list of attachments that will take a lifetime to resolve. Some are extremely difficult to put aside, forget or forgive. I believe God wants us to begin our unique ministry even before we are purified as much is revealed along the way. With God’s blessing and without fear, we should put our gifts to use.
Mark 6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Mission of the Twelve
Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7 He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9 but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11 If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13 They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Thank you for meditating on this daily reading of the Gospel and considering this reflection Mark 6:7-13.