The Apostles Journey

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Mk 6:7-13

“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.”

When Jesus sends out his disciples he lists all that they can not take and then the items they should take. The can-not’s are food, sack, and money. The things to take are a walking stick and sandals. The items they do take point to the fact that they are on a journey.The walking stick and sandals that aid them on their journey. Then though the instruction is “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.” This almost seems a contradiction. On one hand the dialogue implies that those Apostles are not to make a place their final destination, and then they are told to “stay there until you leave from there.” Why? If these travelers were to stay at a house only until they were rested from their journey, that house would simply serve a purpose. They would gain the benefit of the house, yet the house would gain nothing: it is simply there to serve the guest. On the other hand if they stay until they leave from there, the house would need to be just as as where they started, and they started their journey with Christ. In leaving from there, they would have served their purpose of delivering Christ to that house. Their Journey is both from Christ and towards Christ. Their journey is not to be served but to serve.

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