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September 30, 2021

St. Jerome

Lk 10: 1-12 

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.’ 

But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.

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.

Sent out like the disciples

Imagine you are one of the 72 disciples in today’s Gospel. You have been following Jesus for a while, listening to the message of his preaching and witnessing acts of healing. Now he is sending people out ahead of him. Were you the first in line to volunteer? Or did you hang back and wait to be invited? In all likelihood, you expected to be given provisions for your travels. Instead, you are told to take nothing with you, and to rely solely on the hospitality of those you meet. As a planner who likes to control as many things in life as possible, this sounds terrifying to me!

Similarly, they aren’t given a particularly detailed set of instructions for what to do. They are told to be in community with the people, share the good news, and heal those who need it. It is a short, but likely somewhat daunting, list. Two thousand years after these 72 disciples are commissioned, we are given the same invitation to be co-laborers with Christ. Similarly, our responsibilities are the same--be in relationship with one another, share Jesus’ message, and meet the needs of those around us. 

How will you respond to this invitation today?

—Lauren Gaffey is the Associate Director of Communications for the Midwest Jesuits and the Associate Director for Charis for the Ignatian Young Adult Ministries.

 

 

Prayer

O Lord, show your mercy to me and gladden my heart. I am like the man on the way to Jericho who was overtaken by robbers, wounded and left for dead. O Good Samaritan, come to my aid. I am like the sheep that went astray. O Good Shepherd, seek me out and bring me home in accord with your will. Let me dwell in your house all the days of my life and praise you for ever and ever with those who are there. Amen.

—St. Jerome


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September 30, 2021

St. Jerome

Lk 10: 1-12 

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.’ 

But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.

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.

Sent out like the disciples

Imagine you are one of the 72 disciples in today’s Gospel. You have been following Jesus for a while, listening to the message of his preaching and witnessing acts of healing. Now he is sending people out ahead of him. Were you the first in line to volunteer? Or did you hang back and wait to be invited? In all likelihood, you expected to be given provisions for your travels. Instead, you are told to take nothing with you, and to rely solely on the hospitality of those you meet. As a planner who likes to control as many things in life as possible, this sounds terrifying to me!

Similarly, they aren’t given a particularly detailed set of instructions for what to do. They are told to be in community with the people, share the good news, and heal those who need it. It is a short, but likely somewhat daunting, list. Two thousand years after these 72 disciples are commissioned, we are given the same invitation to be co-laborers with Christ. Similarly, our responsibilities are the same--be in relationship with one another, share Jesus’ message, and meet the needs of those around us. 

How will you respond to this invitation today?

—Lauren Gaffey is the Associate Director of Communications for the Midwest Jesuits and the Associate Director for Charis for the Ignatian Young Adult Ministries.

 

 

Prayer

O Lord, show your mercy to me and gladden my heart. I am like the man on the way to Jericho who was overtaken by robbers, wounded and left for dead. O Good Samaritan, come to my aid. I am like the sheep that went astray. O Good Shepherd, seek me out and bring me home in accord with your will. Let me dwell in your house all the days of my life and praise you for ever and ever with those who are there. Amen.

—St. Jerome


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