Lk 10:1-12, 17-20
THE MISSION AND RETURN OF THE SEVENTY [-TWO]
1The Lord appointed seventy [-two] others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. 2He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for this harvest. 3Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. 4Carry no money bag, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. 5Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ 6If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. 8Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, 9cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’ 10Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the street and say, 11’The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.’ Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. 12I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day then for that town.”
365 Days with the Lord: July 07, 2013
17The seventy [-two] returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” 18Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. 19Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon the serpents’ and scorpions and upon the bull force of the enemy and noting will harm you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
FIRST READING: Is 66:10-14c
[Thus says the Lord:]/ 10Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her,/ all you who love her;/exult, exult with her,/all you who were mourning over her!/ Oh, that you may suck fully/ of the milk of her comfort,/ 11that you may nurse with delight/ at her abundant breasts!/ 12For thus says the Lord:/ Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river,/ and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent./ As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms/ and fondled in her lap;/ 13as a mother comforts her child,/ so will I comfort you;/ in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort.
14When you see this, your heart shall rejoice/ and your bodies flourish like the grass;/ the Lord’s power shall be known to his servants.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Ps 66
“Let all the earth cry out to god with joy.”
SECOND READING: Gal 6:14-18
[Brothers and sisters:] 14May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does circumcision, but only a new creation. 16Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God.
17From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers [and sisters]. Amen.
THE LORD APPOINTED SEVENTY [-TWO] OTHERS: Jesus appoints and sends these 72 in pairs to every town and place he intends to visit. Jesus, the Messiah, is the son of God. Yet he desires to have collaborators in his work. He has already chosen and formed a core group, the Twelve. Now he appoints more collaborators.
Jesus wishes that his work should also be our own. Thus he continuous to call people today, Vatican II, Pope Paul VI, and the popes after him have been telling the Christians of today that each Christian is called to the apostolate. You and I, all of s, have the mandate, by virtue of our baptism and confirmation, to announce the comings of God’s kingdom and to make it arrive for people.
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” The first remedy is prayer –sincere prayer that Lord may send more priests, more religious, and more lay apostles to help in the harvest, and that those called may respond generously to the call. And why should we not respond generously when it is the Lord who calls and asks us to undertake the most notable task of helping save people?
The 72 later return and rejoice that even the demons are subjects to them because of Jesus’ name. Remember how the devil was no match for St. John Marie Vianney, the lowly but saintly parish priest of Ars in France. Satans will be no match fr us who invoke the name of Jesus.
Quote: Those who God calls, God equips and empowers.