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.
Today’s Gospel takes me back to a meeting my husband and I had 31 years ago as we prepared for our sacrament of marriage. Fr. Jay led us through this passage which became a walking stick of sorts to spiritually prepare us for what this vocation was calling us to. Just as the twelve were summoned by Jesus to go out two by two, so were we. Exchanging our vows was the consummation of our call to be one in Christ.
Over the past 30 years, just as the apostles were cautioned, we too had to break away from any attachments (relationships and mindsets) that impeded our mission to become “one” in service to God, each other and our neighbors. Although tempting, we had no need to bring any emotional baggage along. We pushed forward to handle trials and disagreements the best we could and gave the rest to God. Where our strength or abilities ran out, we faithfully anticipated God would run in with provisions. He continues to give us courage and never disappoints! What is preventing you from trusting God for whatever you need?
—Lori Stanley is the Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.
Good and gracious God, you desire to meet my every need on my journey. Increase my desire to be open to whatever your call is leading me to. You are a God of new possibilities! Amen.
—Lori StanleyPlease share the Good Word with your friends!