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No sack for the journey, or a second tunic

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The Apostles’ participation in this mission is God’s pure grace. Jesus calls them out of his generosity and goodness, not because the disciples are qualified to become his Apostles. Thus, they ought to proceed in their mission work not with an attitude of self-entitlement but with gratitude.

In today’s language, the Apostles are called to “travel light.” They should not be encumbered with heavy baggage nor should they be concerned with material provisions. If they believe that God has called them, they should put their trust in divine providence.

Gospel • Mt 10:7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words — go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2019,” ST. PAULS, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: publishing@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

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