Luke 10: 1-9
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.
Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
One of the most satisfying aspects of life within the Catholic Church is its ability to bring people together in interesting ways one would never expect. People I knew in St. Louis as students are now Dominican priests working with new generations of students on the East Coast. Boston College students are now scattered across the country in religious orders, teaching programs, or service organizations. Other friends have started families and help mentor young Catholics who need older people to look up to. Pretty soon, all these people become connected in the giant web which is the Kingdom of God.
In a way, we’re all just descendants of that first group of 70 whom Jesus sent out to the nations. We are all the seed that He scatters throughout the world, asking it to go out and bear fruit. The Kingdom of God is at hand for us-it is at hand when we allow the Holy Spirit to touch our hearts and draw us into communion with those we meet. These bonds last a lifetime-and more. Today, as I approach the altar, I will remember in a special way all those people God has placed in my life, asking Him to strengthen the bonds of our communion with Him and with each other, so that through our holy zeal others might be brought into the fullness of life.
—Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J.
Lord, we know that there will be times when we feel like “lambs in the midst of wolves.” That’s a given. We must defend ourselves by calling upon your Spirit to protect us, direct us, and empower us to think and act with your authority. Then your peace will be ours, and we will be your ambassador to all the lives that touch our life this day.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team