If we could see with perfect spiritual vision, what would the Mass look like? I think it would look much like what is described in today's first reading from Hebrews 12. In our Gospel reading from Mark 6, Jesus sends out the Twelve two by two.
At the end of Jesus' orders, He says, "Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them." Doesn't sound very nice, does it? But shaking the dust was a symbolic gesture meaning they were leaving that place behind and moving on.
Sometimes we have to do that, too. Have you ever tried sharing Christ with someone only to be rejected again and again. That's especially hard when it is someone you love. But it's like beating your head against a wall. It's counter-productive, and only causes you pain. The time comes when you have to "shake the dust from your feet." While we may have to stop our active evangelization efforts, our prayer efforts must never cease.
Father, show us when to "shake the dust from our feet." May we always be moving forward, towards the Kingdom of heaven. Amen.
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Thank you Gus for giving me permission to stop evangelizing my adult children. It only made my daughter mad. I will never stop praying for them and I believe they will return to Jesus. Just not on my timetable. Please pray for my three children and I will pray for your family.