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.
Jesus trains His disciples into collaborative ministry. They have to
go out in pairs and work together to spread the Good News. This is perhaps
to instill in them that the mission is not personal. It is a communitarian effort and
no one can claim success or failure alone. This is a gift and a challenge. It is always
good to have a companion to share the burden and divide the work. But at the
same time, effort is needed that the two of you work in harmony and partnership.
Having a cooperative partner who complements your work with his or her
own effort is a gift. Those who are difficult and hard to work with are challenges
that must be faced. Perhaps the reason why Jesus asks them to go missioning with
bare provisions is for them to rely on one another. Their shared hardships and
poverty would make them closer as collaborators in the ministry.
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