Prayer of the Day

Feast of Sts. Paul Miki & Companions

February 6th, 2014
"“He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts…”" Mark 6 : 7

Jesus could have done greater miracles in Nazareth, but he chose not to because of the people’s pride and unbelief.  The miracles he did had little effect on the people, because they did not accept his message or believe that he was from God. Therefore, Jesus looked elsewhere, seeking those who would respond to his miracles and message.

The disciples were sent out in pairs. Individually, they could have reached more areas of the country, but this was not Christ’s plan. One advantage of going out in twos was that they could strengthen and encourage each other, especially when they faced rejection. Our strength comes from God, but he meets many of our needs through our teamwork with others. As we serve Christ, we must not try to go it alone.

What we have received from Jesus must be the property of all men and women. What we share is given so freely that we move onward without food, without baggage, without coins in our purse. Sandals are allowed so that we can move all the more quickly on our mission of sharing the Good News of Jesus.

Prayer Lord, may we find strength for our journey from those we meet on the way. Amen