Gospel of Mark 6:7-13
Take nothing with you
Jesus made a tour round the villages, teaching. Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.
In this Gospel I feel Jesus invites me to experience what it is like to have nothing in between me and mission. To let go of all possessions. So that there are in fact no gaps and my very being is indeed mission itself.
I am drawn to reflect on stepping out and ‘being on mission’ within the healing ministry of my own deep call and vocation. I notice that the times when I have felt completely vulnerable and completely reliant on the Spirit – are actually the times I have witnessed the most extraordinary healing in the ministry.
I wonder what others experience when there are no gaps between being self and immersion in the ministry of one’s own deep call? Whether one be a dancer, artist, teacher or gardener etc.?
I am reassured when Jesus says ‘and if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from your feet as a sign to them’ – for it encourages me to be comfortable with just being me and be one with my deep call of mission despite any opposition.
In my prayer, I imagine standing in my own truth with nothing in the way between me and God. ‘God has no hands or feet but yours’…Saint Teresa of Avila