He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

Mark 6:10-11 

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Mark 6:7-13


Jesus has given his disciples guidelines on how to deal with acceptance and rejection. Where they are welcomed, they are called to stay. Where they are rejected, they are simply to shake the dust from their feet and leave.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on how we react to a person’s generosity and welcome. Do we feel that we can manage on our own, without their generosity, or are we grateful for this blessing?

How do I respond to rejection or failure, do I take it personally and resent those who have rejected me, am I able to shake the dust from my feet and keep moving?

In the book “Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition“, Christine Pohl notes that “hosts who recognise the ‘woundedness’ in themselves and their ongoing need for grace and mercy, but continue to care for others, find in God their sufficiency. Like Jesus, the best hosts are not completely ‘at home’ themselves, but still make a place of welcome for others.

We will all be hosts to someone this week, this month, this year. As we quieten to God’s longing, who are we being asked to host, to welcome in and for them to stay? What instruction does God need to give me to be a better host to this person better? 

Lord God,

As I journey today, may I know your closeness. May I be guided in each encounter with known neighbours and unknown strangers, may I have grace from the learning of yesterday and be enlightened by the possibilities of today, altogether being thankful for the simple offerings of this new dawn.


Abigail Dawson

Abigail Dawson holds a Masters in Development Studies, Sociology, from the University of Witwatersrand. Her activist and academic interests have focused on migration in a South African context. She is a qualified social worker and has provided counselling for migrant women and children. She hopes to bring change to the current public and global narrative on migration through effective and creative communication, networking and advocacy to ensure equitable communities for all people living in South Africa.

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