'Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two.' Sunday Reflections, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Young Jew as Christ, Rembrandt, c.1656
Stattliche Museen, Berlin [Web Gallery of Art]Gospel Mark 6:7-13 New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Can.
Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
Green Drove, Pewsey, with the Pewsey White Horse, south of the village
Today's gospel reminds me of experiences as a seminarian while on Peregrinatio pro Christo with the Legion of Mary, in St Anne's Parish, Edge Hill, Liverpool, in 1963, in St Fergus' Parish, Paisley, Scotland in 1965 and in Holy Family Parish, Pewsey, Wiltshire, England, in 1966. Peregrinatio pro Christo, or PPC, is a programme of the Legion of Mary that began in 1958 or 1959. Legionaries give up a week or two of their summer vacation to do full-time Legion work in another country. The name comes from the motto that inspired St Columban and many Irish missionary monks, Peregrinari pro Christo, 'to be a pilgrim for Christ'. Saint Pope John XXIII quoted this in a letter to the Irish Hierarchy in 1961 on the occasion of the Patrician Year, commemorating 1,500 years of the Catholic faith in Ireland. In the same letter he specifically referred to the involvement in this spirit of the Society of St Columban in Latin America. (Thanks to Shane for the link).
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