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Gospel for the Thursday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

Mark 6:7-13

Summary: Jesus empowered the Twelve Apostles, sending them in pairs with authority over evil spirits. He instructed them to travel light, relying on hospitality, and to stay in one house per location. If unwelcomed, they were to leave, symbolically shaking off dust. They preached repentance, cast out demons, and healed the sick.

The Twelve Sent Out

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.

He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick –no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.

He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.”

So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

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