Reflection on Luke 10:1-9 ~
Our “Yes” means we are asked in our own unique way to proclaim that the Kingdom of God is near. The Kingdom’s nearness is evident in my town, experienced as warm genuine smiles that are returned for what people do for each other. In my own personal experience, I also know the Kingdom’s closeness when the Word or Eucharist’s love fill me for ministry where I might lead, guide conversation or prayer, to then reflect back to me as deep peace and courage.
He Sent them out Two by Two, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Luke 10 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Mission of the Seventy
10 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. 2 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. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 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. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this meditation on Luke 10:1-9.