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Mark 6:7-13

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Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 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." So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Mark 6:7-13
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    • Jesus calls the apostles and sends them on a mission to announce the message of repentance, cure the sick and cast off demons. Notice how he sends them out in pairs instructing them to trust in the providence by taking nothing for their journey. They were to be dependent entirely on God and the presence of God in one another. Their goal was to go from house to house bringing the Good News.
    • Lord I pray that strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit, I may radiate the light of your love to those I encounter in my daily life. Help me to have a deeper understanding of the needs of others and give me the courage to witness to the joy of my faith.
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    • Here is the embryonic church taking its first baby steps! The story of human salvation is getting under way. We can learn much from it. The group is centred on Jesus, they are to carry his message to an unprepared world; they are being sent out on mission. They have to let go of their securities – a fixed abode, workplace, possessions, money. They must trust that Jesus knows what he is doing; they also need the good will of those they visit. In return, Jesus shares with them his authority over evil, and his power to heal. Is that a fair exchange?
    • Jesus’ trust in us is breathtaking. I too am being sent out each day to bring good news to those I engage with. Jesus, make me aware that you are with me wherever I go.
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    • There are many things I think of as 'mine'. I consider how they really improve my life and serve my freedom.
    • I call to mind and pray for all who are enslaved by debt, posessions, addictions and anything else that limits them. I pray that I may live as a disciple, available to to do the work of God.
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    • The disciples were allowed to take only one thing with them - a staff - something to lean on, to support them as they journeyed. Who, or what, is my ‘staff’? Where do I find supports in living out my life as a disciple today?
    • On the other hand what are my ‘demons’? Do I sometimes spoil things? Do I ever act out of a bad motive? Do I occasionally diminish people and leave them less free? Maybe I can’t ‘cast them out’ by myself, but will I allow the Lord or others to help me do so?
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    • The apostles are to trust in God’s providence. They have authority from Jesus. He does not ask of them more than he does himself: he already has left family and home and has become a wandering preacher. He lives on the margins of society; he battles against evil, and invites people into a deep relationship with God.
    • Jesus opposes all forms of domination, and wants us to do likewise. So he stands by the poor and the outcast, he liberates those who are possessed by demons or dominated by sickness. He wants us all to be free to live out our lives to the full.
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    • Lord, you warned the twelve against carrying anything they did not need. They were to be counter-witnesses to possessiveness, retail therapy, and the consumerism to which advertisements propel us. The more we have, the less we are. The greatest treasure which the twelve carried with them was the good news of Jesus.
    • The message of the Lord is to travel light in the journey of life. Wealth, desire for recognition and personal pride can stunt our desire for God and our freedom to love and to do good. We are just passing through our world for a short time; Jesus advises us to make the most of it for ourselves and for others.
    • Jesus sent his disciples to preach his kingdom with little other than their dependency on him and on God. They were always pilgrims, with the sandals of the wanderer. Following Jesus means becoming a bit of a wanderer, both interiorly and, perhaps, externally. In our relationship with him and in our knowledge of him we are never grounded and stuck but are always on the move into new love and new knowledge. This is his gift to us, not just our achievement.
    • The power over unclean spirits that the Twelve are given is an extension of Jesus' own power. The austere working conditions that Jesus lays down are meant to signify that the Twelve are to trust in God and not on worldly possessions if their mission is to be successful. Mark's Christians probably had come to expect such austerity in their own missionaries as well.
    • What might it be that holds me back from 'travelling lightly.' austerity in their own missionaries as well.
    • Jesus told the disciples to shake the dust off their feet, they were not to be held back by those who are unreceptive or unwelcoming. I ask God to help me not to let negative 'dust' cling to me and slow me down.
    • Jesus wanted his disciples to realize that they could not depend on human possessions but might trust in him alone. Are there things that I hang onto that I might be better off letting go?