Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 (or Luke 10:1-9)
After this, the Lord appointed seventy- twoother disciples, andsent them, twobytwo, ahead of him, to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know.
Whatever house you enter, first bless them, saying, ‘Peace to this house!’ If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house.
When they welcome you to any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there, and say to them: ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.’
But in any town where you are not welcome, go to the market place and proclaim: ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off and leave with you. But know for a certainty that the kingdom of God has drawn near to you.’ I tell you, that on the Day of Judgment it will be better for Sodom than for this town.
The seventy-two disciples returned full of joy. They said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we called on your name.” Then Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. You see, I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the Enemy, so that nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, don’t rejoice because the evil spirits submit to you; rejoice, rather, that your names are written in heaven.”
READ: The prophet Isaiah speaks of God’s saving action as bringing peace and comfort. Saint Paul invites the people of Galatia to see their Christian community as a “new creation” in which peace and mercy are enjoyed by those who welcome the Good News. And Saint Luke tells of Jesus to have chosen seventy- two and sent them out.
REFLECT: Jesus inaugu- ration of the reign of God cannot be contained. It needs to expand and reach as many people. Thus, Jesus, sending of the seventy-two is meant to extend his mission. His ins- tructions were clear, and their preparation adequate as it is evident in the success of their activities. They are to bless by giving peace and to heal the sick. With these gestures, the kingdom of God is brought to the people. In the dyna- mics of calling and sending, the origin of the mission/task/ activity, how it will be carried out, the intention or purpose, and the recipient of task, are clearly identified. When Christ calls and sends out, it is to advance God’s reign of love, justice, mercy and peace. And we, as recipients of the call and the command to go out, are endowed with gifts that correspond to the nature of the task. Once God assigns a specific task to us, only we can accomplish it.
PRAY: God, Lord of the harvest, may we be a true wit- nesses of your love and good- ness to others.
ACT: Be zealous in promoting the reign of justice, truth and mercy.
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