Today’s post begins our reading through the Liturgy of the Word, and praying with it, by way of preparation for next Sunday’s Mass.
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We start with the key element – the gospel reading.
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no ha.versack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’
So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.
The ministry of Jesus may be rejected by many (cf last week’s gospel), but it remains powerful to many others. And the ministry is being shared by others now. For all their fallibility and blundering – much in evidence throughout Mark’s Gospel – the 12 rise to the call to share the Good News and minister the reconciliation and healing of God’s mercy.
- What ministry does God call you to?
- With whom do you share it?
- Where and how does it show that it is of God?
Image is a detail of one of the principal doors to the Basilica of St Mary Major, Rome. (c) 2014, Allen Morris