Jesus goes about on His mission touring the towns and villages.
He commissions the twelve Apostles and sends them out with power over the unclean spirits.
He also tells them to travel light.
“Take nothing for the journey except a staff, no bread, no bag, no coppers for their belt…”.
He wants to teach them to rely on God. It is God’s mission, they are continuing the work of Jesus.
They also need to be detached.
“If any place will not welcome you and they do not listen to you, as you walk away, shake off the dust from under your feet”.
They cast out many devils and anointed and cured people.
Sometimes, the power of evil seems horrendous, the genocides, the starvation of people that could be avoided, the abuse of children, child exploitation, etc. It can be overpowering.
We are reminded that Jesus overcame the power of evil, He is more powerful than the forces of evil. He empowers us like he empowered the Apostles.
We also need to be committed for the long haul. It is not about our success. It is about the mission of Christ. He alone knows the effects of our work in the service of God’s kingdoms.
We allow him to heal us as we continue in our Christian vocational call as “Wounded Healers”.