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Luke 9:1-6

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Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, 'Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money - not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.' They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Luke 9:1-6
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    • Your baggage allowance is zero. What slows you down? What complicates your life? Can you lay it at the feet of Jesus and walk away? Jesus suggests that we should live in a simple way and not be encumbered by niggling concerns. It will be difficult for us to bring good news if we are concerned with our own details. We will be able to travel more lightly if we can make what matters to Jesus matter to us.
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    • Jesus weds power and authority with compassionate love and humble service. I pray for the Church that its ministers may do likewise.
    • His promise is that he will be always with us if we allow him to use us in our weakness. He entrusts us with his gifts and healing power. The final word ‘everywhere’ suggests that the grace we carry extends beyond all human boundaries. ‘Every act of love, every mute uplifting of the heart, draws the whole world nearer to God.’
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    • Jesus gives the twelve some road tips for the journey. He asks them to travel lightly, unencumbered with the baggage of material things. They are to walk the path of simplicity, openness and trust. They are to be flexible and available.
    • Lord, today our world is blessed with technologies of which you knew nothing. May the medium of Sacred Space help me to rediscover the heart of discipleship - an absolute reliance on your providence and the freedom that follows from trusting in you.
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    • God is not to be forced on people. God's love and care are an invitation to each of us to allow God to be part of our lives. The disciples of Jesus are to move on if they are not welcomed. Hostility can cling like dust to the feet, and hinder further growth. It is the same with our personal life. Prayer invites us to let go of hostility, antipathy and hurt, both from us to another, and from another to ourselves. There is always a future of hope and freedom when we pray.
    • Most of us would like to bring good news wherever we go. We know people whose lives light up the lives of others. We know the opposite too! Daily prayer calms the soul, gives joy and peace; it gives a new perspective on worries and anxieties. It is our time of relaxing into the mystery of being loved by God.