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February 03, 2022

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DG BookGospel: Mark 6:7-13
Jesus then went around the villages, teaching. He called the Twelve to him, and began to send them out two by
two, giving them authority over evil spirits. And he ordered them to take nothing for the journey, except a staff:
no food, no bag, no money in their belts. They were to wear sandals and were not to take an extra tunic.

And he added, “In whatever house you are welcomed, stay there until you leave the place. If any place doesn’t receive you, and
the people refuse to listen to you, leave after shaking the dust off your feet. It will be a testimony against them.” So they set out to
proclaim that this was the time to repent. They drove out many demons and healed many sick people by anointing them.

 

Reflection:

 

Gabriel Marcel defines human being as “homo viator”:
journeying person. Human life is a journey with a beginning
and a destination. We walk with others, interacting with them.
It is also a journey wherein our interiority unfolds—St. Teresa
of Avila speaks of spiritual life as a camino (journey). In today’s
Gospel, Jesus sends his disciples on a journey. It will be a journey
wherein they will learn how to travel light and with others,
carrying only what is most essential; how to enter the lives
of others and exit; and how to offer God. In the first reading,
we find David dying and offering his son the wisdom learned from
his journey of life. He reminds that the most essential thing
to succeed in this life is fidelity to God. Nothing else counts
ultimately in the journey, really.

 

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