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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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus,
I believe in you, and I believe that I must
follow your will in all that I do. I hope
in you, and I place my hope in what you
have planned for me today. Teach me not to place
my hope in created things, but only in your will.
Lord, I love you, and I desire to love your
will with greater fervor. Open my heart to respond to
your will with generosity and joy.
help me to transmit your message through my words and
1. Two By Two: Our Lord didn’t send the apostles
out in their mission as isolated individuals, but in pairs.
Jesus wanted them to realize that alone they would not
be strong enough. Alone they would be vulnerable to attacks.
Alone they might succumb to temptation and discouragement. Jesus’ disciples
were not alone as they labored to carry out their
mission, and neither are we. The mission we have of
following Jesus may be difficult at times, but Jesus knows
this. He places people in our path to help and
support us. We must realize that we need the help
of others and that others also need our help. We
are not alone!
2. Take Nothing: Jesus wanted his apostles
to realize that he is in charge of the mission.
Jesus tells them to leave at home what we would
consider basic items necessary for any trip. This was a
radical lesson for the apostles, as it is for us.
Jesus doesn’t want us to rely on our personal efforts,
the advanced technology of the day, or any other methods
or elements that we can invent for our security or
success. He is the origin of any success in our
lives, and he alone gives true security. Jesus tells the
apostles to take nothing on their journey, except him.
3. They Went Off: The apostles then went to preach
repentance and cure the sick. They trusted in Jesus and
in the mission he had entrusted to them. As they
began to work, they saw that their efforts were bearing
fruit. The people they encountered were responsive. They could see
that they were changing lives. In our own lives we
don’t often encounter receptive crowds, open and eager to hear
about Christ and prepared to amend their lives and start
off on a new path. We often find hostility and
opposition. In either situation — success or failure — as
we try to build Christ’s Kingdom, we must trust in
him and remember that we are called to be faithful,
not necessarily successful from a human standpoint.
with Christ: Lord Jesus, you’ve given me a mission to
spread your Gospel among my family members, friends and coworkers
— everyone I encounter. Help me to be faithful to
this mission and to undertake it in the way you
wish, not the way it most pleases me.
Resolution: I will fulfill my prayer commitments today with generosity