Gospel – February 5, 2020 – 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
–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.
What jumps out to me in today’s Gospel is that given the same mission today – could I do it?
Could I put everything aside? My job? My home? My family? But mainly my wants. Notice I didn’t say my needs.
Jesus told them what they needed. A staff to lean on for physical support and sandals – to indicate the state of the village they visit – welcoming the good news or rejecting the same.
Everything else God would provide. Food, shelter and protection from the elements.
My wants seem to take up a lot of my attention – so much I sometimes confuse them for my needs.
God will provide for our needs – our wants maybe not.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…