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; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
When given a righteous power, have faith that when things are done the right way, it will all work out. It sounds easy enough, but having trust in the Lord is one of the most difficult things to do. That righteous power could be a skill or gift you have been blessed with. For others, it could be a responsibility to which you are entrusted. Be humble with these gifts. They are as important to others as they may be to you, and the Lord will guide you and care for you, as He has entrusted you with their care. During the next two weeks I celebrate the birthdays for two of my four children, and as a father I consider my children the utmost responsibility. It may not be as newsworthy as driving out a demon, but considering the possibilities of their respective futures I consider them no less important. There’s always worry and concern, offer up those desolations; if you can follow Jesus’s directions the outcomes can be incredible.
— Mr. Joe Pick is Creighton Prep’s Director for Enrollment.
O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.
— St. Ignatius of Loyola
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