Gospel Reflection July 15 – Msgr Hendricks

Sunday, July 15

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.
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.

When Jesus sends his twelve friends out to be his hands and voice to the people of Israel, he does so by making sure that they are fully committed to Him, and the mission that he bears.

One must note that he did not have them pack for a long trip nor make provisions for their personal comfort. The rules are strict: no food, no sack, no money in their belts, the only companion is a walking stick.

Why is this? What does it mean for us? Perhaps Jesus is reminding us that when we accept Him as the Christ, then we give all we have and are to Him and leave everything else that might distract us behind. The radical message is that the kingdom of God is at hand and to be a part of it means you must be “all in”.

This week perhaps we can ponder this gospel and understand as the apostles went out they are still preaching to us also.

Monsignor Hendricks