*Alternate* Gospel: Mark 6:1-13

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

Jesus came into his home town, followed by the disciples. When the Sabbath had come, Jesus began to teach in the synagogue, and the many listeners were astonished and said, “Where did he get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted, and these miracles that are performed by his hands? Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not his sisters here with us?” They found these things to be stumbling blocks. Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their home town and among their own relatives and in their own household.” And he could work no miracles there, apart from laying his hands upon a few sick people and healing them; their lack of faith astounded him. Jesus
made the rounds of the neighboring villages instead, and spent the time teaching.

Then Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs, giving them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts. They were to wear sandals but, he added, “do not take a spare tunic.”

And Jesus said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you leave it, shake off the dust from the soles of your feet as a testimony against them.”

And so they set off, proclaiming repentance as they went. They cast out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

The Good News as spoken through Mark.

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