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Penniless Preachers

“Penniless Preachers”
A reflection on Luke 9:1-6
Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Related posts: Two by Two, Neither Gold Nor Silver
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Luke 9:1-6

The words of the couplet drew inspiration from an ancient prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary called, “Sub Tuum Praesidium,” or “We Fly to Thy Patronage.” The figure of the Virgin is especially dear to St. Luke, the first iconographer of the Blessed Virgin Mary, according to Sacred Tradition. 

The Evangelist also wrote the account of the Annunciation from which the ancient “Hail Mary” prayer comes (Luke 1:26-38). Mary’s role as Mother of God makes her patronage ever-present and hidden in God’s providence for creation.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; 
despise not our petitions in our necessities, 
but deliver us always from all dangers, 
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Amen.

Related Scripture: Mark 6:7-13, Matthew 10:7-10

Two by Two

“Two by two”
Mark 6:7-13 in a quatrain
Sunday of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

He 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. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Mark 6:7-13

Mount Zion, Gate of Paradise

Rembrandt, Moses Smashing the Tables of the Law, 1659

4th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year I)

Hebrews 12:18-24; Mark 6:7-13

You have not approached that which could be touched and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness and storm and a trumpet blast and a voice speaking words such that those who heard begged that no message be further addressed to them, for they could not bear to hear the command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said, “I am terrified and trembling.”

Hebrews 12:18-21

Formless and invisible God
Donned lightning, fire and smoke.
Soundless and inaudible God
Out of dark thunder spoke.

Mount Sinai inapproachable,
No creature could draw near.
Moses, though irreproachable,
Trembled and quaked with fear.

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.

Hebrews 12:22-24

Formless and invisible God
Took flesh in Mary’s womb.
Soundless and inaudible God
Cooed love songs of a Groom.

Mount Zion, Gate of Paradise—
The Ark of Noah’s flood—
Saved the cosmos at a bride price,
Redeeming Abel’s blood.

He 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. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Mark 6:7-13

Formless and invisible God
Found a home in persons.
Soundless and inaudible God
Sang songs through poor orphans.

As the Twelve preached and healed the sick,
God’s Body grew and grew.
Two by two, with voice prophetic,
They poured out Heaven’s dew.

-GMC

There are minor variations in detail in the account of the Mission of the Twelve in the Synoptic Gospels. See Matthew 10:5-15 and Luke 9:1-6.