He 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. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
This is a very common scripture to many Catholics and non-catholics alike. So common that we all probably are certain we know what it means and what we should learn from it. We’re so certain that we’ve probably become lazy and no longer have ears to hear or eyes to see (Ez 12:2, Matt 8:18, Matt 13:15-16) I just heard a homily this weekend that got me to thinking and challenging my own certainty about my understanding of Mark 6:7-13 Continue reading