He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
This simple narrative contains the entire pattern of our life in Christ: that of being called and sent with the power of the Holy Spirit.
When I recognize that it is not people with different abilities that are broken, but the structures, including churches, that are designed to keep them out.
My God, you offer me truth and healing, and my thankfulness draws me to respond.
Please continue to call me, to equip me, to send me, and to draw me back to you. Amen.
— Ryen Dwyer, S.J.
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