When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons1 and to cure diseases,2
and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God3 and to heal the sick.
He told them: "Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.4
Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.
If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them."5
So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
Now Herod6 the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John7 had been raised from the dead,8
others that Elijah had appeared,9 and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.10
But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.11