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Mark 6:11 [Jesus said], “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.”
Yet in each case, when the time came for us to leave, the outpouring of gratitude and love from the community said otherwise. Ana in Rio de Janeiro burst into tears whenever she encountered us during our final week. Cecília in Santa Rosa hugged us and said her program would never be the same without us.
Too often we were quick to assume lack of welcome when our inclusion was actually expressed in a relaxed, rather no-big-deal manner. The lesson is that it is best to assume welcome—unless you are chased out, which did happen to us once. In that case, leave and shake the dust off your feet so the hurt does not infect the next venture.
Today the Church remembers John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407.