Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN

Jul 5, 2024 | Gospel Reflections

July 14, 2024

Mark 6: 7-13

In the past month we celebrated the Jubilees of 17 of our Sisters from 25,50,60,70 and 75 years!  It was a time for each of us to remember our call and renew our own consecration.

So, too, our Gospel for today invites us to reflect on what it means to be called to be a disciple of Jesus!  Yes, through our baptism, each of us, not only priests and religious have been called.  Our call is unique as it was for the twelve apostles.

We might remember how Jesus called each of them in Mark’s gospel. Then, as we hear today, He summons them and prepares them for their journey.

What do they need to take with them? They are to take only a walking stick and sandals!

What do they need to leave behind? They are to take nothing upon which they can rely- money, extra tunic, etc.  They are only to take their trust in Jesus’ word.

One commentator used the following image.

“At airports travelers are examined as to their carrying anything of a dangerous nature to the plane or fellow passengers.   Jesus is examining His followers for anything that would be harmful to their mission- whatever would support their frailty or fears.  Yes, no back up tunics or sacks of money to be trusted for their gaining positions of power. They are given authority which is an interior sense rather than an outward credential.”

Then Jesus sends them out 2 by 2!  Discipleship is not a solitary affair!

Jesus knew it would be very difficult to do “it” alone.  I might wonder if each disciple had a choice about who would be their companion?

So today we are invited to reflect on our own call.  We might do a Prayer of Reminiscence praying with questions such as:

  • How were you called?
  • What were the circumstances?
  • Who were your companions…family, friends, community members?

As our journey of discipleship continues, what do we need to leave behind now??   Perhaps,we need to leave behind our fears, desire to be in control, lack of trust…

Then, in the words of Paul to the Ephesians, we pray

“May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.”




Mark 6: 7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick– no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

The Gospel of the Lord


Meet Sister Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN

Flanagan Anne In more than 50 years as a Sister of Notre Dame, Sr. Anne Flanagan has brought God’s Goodness to her students in parish elementary schools in Ohio. After receiving her MS in Math from St. Louis University, she continued her educational ministry for many years at her beloved Alma Mater, Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago, IL. Later, she received training in spiritual direction and retreat ministry. Along with her teaching, she worked part-time for about 30 years in retreat work and spiritual direction. Also, she served her sisters as Community Moderator at Mt. Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Ohio. Then, as Associate Director for the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Program (NDMVA) in Cincinnati, she was inspired by the generosity of the members in their service. Presently, she is engaged in the awesome ministry of companioning others through spiritual direction/retreats