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Matthew 10:1-15, The Twelve Apostles

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town
— Matthew 10:14

NL Daily Devotion for Saturday, February 16, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


We all have that one project, or that one person we just couldn’t quite reach.

We spent countless hours, approached things multiple times, only to be frustrated once again.

When Jesus tells the disciples to shake the dust off his feet, he gives the impression that people who won’t listen to the disciples are never going to change.

I wonder, though - is it that they will never change, or that this wasn’t the right approach?

If it’s not the right approach, it would only waste time and frustrate everyone more to keep trying to convert these folks.

If it’s just not the right time, don’t be afraid to move on.

It doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause, just not the right time.

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

The Twelve Apostles

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

The Mission of the Twelve

 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food. Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgement than for that town.

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