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Gospel: Mk 6:7-13
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.

The life of a Christian is a pilgrimage. A pilgrim is conscious that one cannot have a lasting city on earth. Therefore we have to avoid inordinate attachments that keep us from going on in our journey. But that does not mean that we cannot take time out to smell the flowers and enjoy the colorful butterflies. Life is short and it is a pity if we just go on without noticing and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us. Along the way, we will meet dangers, temptations and hardships. In facing these challenges, we are convinced that we are not alone – that we are with God. When we come to some crossroads and we are not sure what direction we will take, we discern in prayer and ask God to show us the way we must go. Maybe sometimes we have to retrace our steps and go another way. Each one’s journey is unique and one cannot compare one’s journey with that of another. In the convent there are some Sisters, who, after making their perpetual vows, leave the convent but after some time decide to come back. These detours are a part of the journey and contribute to one’s growth and development. The important thing is always to hold God’s hands. Micah expresses beautifully what we should do: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

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