Thursday of the Fourth Week in ordinary time

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As Jesus sends out the Twelve, he sends them out in pairs, as pairs left the ark of Noah. He instructed them to take nothing but a walking stick. A staff like the one Moses used to guide them across the desert. Like the staff wielded by the prophets. They are to serve as guides, and to deliver a message. They are not to bring food, for Jesus is the bread of life. They are not to bring a sack filled with the burdens of the past to weigh them down, nor money to corrupt them. They were to wear sandals for their journey was to be long. They are not to carry a second tunic as that could signify a duplicity of their message. They are to preach but one gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. “When ever you enter a house, stay until you leave from there.” They arrive with a mission and a message, and they leave with them delivered. They do not arrive with one message and leave with another. Those who do not accept that message,do not change it. Christ’s apostles remain in His truth, and that is how they healed.

No, you have approached Mount Zion
and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and countless angels in festal gathering,
and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
and God the judge of all,
and the spirits of the just made perfect,
and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
and the sprinkled Blood that speaks more eloquently
than that of Abel.

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