Gospel Reading and Thoughts for July 12, 2015

Gospel – Mark 6:7-13

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—Image result for christ sends out disciples two by two
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.
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.

 

Christ is giving his disciples instructions for spreading God’s word, but they can also be translated for us to a more modern day.

Jesus 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.

For our journey through life, there are things that we need to survive.  But most of the things that we think we “need” are just that – things.  We don’t need the latest Iphone 6 or the snazziest car.  We don’t need the new tablet or fanciest jewelry, yet we spend our time, money and resources on them.
He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet.”

God calls us into people’s lives for a reason and He also calls people into ours.  Rather than being flighty in our friendships, we need to stick with a relationship because we might be feeding them the word of God through our actions, even if we are not being fed in the same way.  However, Christ doesn’t call us to be abused or stick with a friendship when people don’t want us there.  We cannot reach anyone if we are not welcome.
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.

Keeping our eyes and hearts on Christ and on the end-prize of eternal salvation can allow us to bring others closer to Him.

May we too be like the disciples and be ready for the journey Christ calls us to.

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