Jesus instructed the disciples to take nothing with them in the journey. If I was one of
them, I would have asked the Lord to give me more time to prepare because I think that it would
be hard to go on a mission with nothing at all. But the disciples were obedient. They trusted the Lord and they relied on His providence and so God did not fail them too. They were successful in their mission.
As a seminarian, I am assigned right now in the hospital as part of our apostolate. One of
the difficulties in doing an apostolate in the hospital is the visitation of patients. At first, I was anxious of being infected with their diseases because we are talking to them the entire day. Over time, my feelings of anxiety vanished. Once, I was asked by the hospital staff if I was not afraid to be infected since I don’t use a face mask when visiting patients. I responded with a smile and told her that God will not abandon me (although honestly, I felt worried when she reminded me of that. Still, I trusted the Lord to protect me from any disease).
Just like the disciples, they were instructed to take only a walking stick and wear sandals.
Everytime I visit the patients, I only have with me prayer as my walking stick and trust as mysandals. My anxiety is gone and I always take the courage to do the task and visit the patients one by one. Hearing their stories has strengthened me more to, not just do the task but, to love it. After all, it is not really mine but His and I am just sharing it with Him.
By Sem. Ryan Tristan Digan
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.