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.Mark 6: 7-13
One for today’s Gospel reading, to the tune ST. CLEMENT:
I must take nothing for my journey, no gold or silver for the way, no comfort for the endless yearning for someplace I can ever stay. I must go lightly, all unburdened; I must lay down all that I have and take the highways, all uncertain that I shall win what now I crave. Then take, O Lord, my busy labors that barricade me from my fears and take my dreams of widespread favor, the name I wish to see revered. The hope that I am somehow worthy and worry that I'll never be: They weigh too much to make this journey. Lord, take them both away from me. And give me, in their place, your mercy that outweighs all my hopes and dreams, that fills the hungry and the thirsty with your own ever-flowing streams. And may I meet, upon the journey, companions who will show your face, that we may bear each other's burdens and go together in your grace.