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Take nothing for the journey except a staff

Christ and the Twelve Disciples,
Sculpted in Normandy,
circa 1450-1500,
Sandstone with traces of polychromy
© Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

11 Jul 2024

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Take nothing for the journey except a staff

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.

Mark 6:7-13

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