Jesus 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.
In today's Gospel, Jesus is sending His apostles on their mission. It is the first time He has sent them out on their own without being with them. They are given power over evil forces and to heal sicknesses. They are also to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
They are to travel in total freedom, as a result, Jesus asked them not to bring walking staff, purse, food, money, nor even a change of clothing. It is understood that the people will support them in return for the services they render.
They are not to be choosy about where they are received; they are to stay in the first house that accepts them. And, in places where their message and their services are not welcome, they will shake the dust off their feet. This was a symbolic act which the Pharisees practised when they left an “unclean” Gentile area. In this case, the act signifies that people are not just rejecting the disciples but God himself.
And so they went out, from town to town, proclaiming the Good News and restoring people to wholeness wherever they went. The same mission is entrusted to every Christian. We are called to proclaim the Gospel by word and lifestyle. We are called to help liberate people from the negative forces. We are called to live lives of simplicity, using only those things which we need for life and work. The message of Jesus is a message our consumer world needs to hear and see.
Commentary on Luke 9:1-6