Jesus' Instructions

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.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Today's Gospel reading (Mark 6:7-13, New American Bible) is pretty interesting, don't you think?  I try to imagine listening to Jesus, eager to follow his instructions, and hearing that I should not take anything for the journey, not even a change of clothes!  I'd probably say something like, "You're kidding right?"  After awhile I bet those Twelve got a little "ripe."
My favorite line though is, "Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them."  In other words, "Eat my dust!"
Lastly, the disciples got busy driving out demons and annointing the sick and curing them.  I remember many a time holding hands with people or "laying" hands on someone who is ill and feeling that surge of Christ's power through my body!  It was an amazing experience!
In our modern time I don't think I could pack up with just the clothes on my back and proclaim the Gospel.  People probably wouldn't take me very seriously.  But in my everyday life there are those little things I can do that show I am living the Gospel and in that, someone might be touched and healed.
Or they can eat my dust.

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