Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10,1-9.
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
Stay 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.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”
He chose them and sent them.
1) He appointed. It is Jesus who chooses you. He is the center, and we take Him. You become a disciple by and for Jesus. Jesus chooses you to be close to Him and from Him you go out and announce Him; that announcement comes from His appointment and from being with Him. Remember that God chooses you and sends you out.
2) Sent out. A follower of Jesus cannot remain still, he can’t be lazy or lack of dynamism to face things, he must generate a giving atmosphere where Jesus is present. And the first thing he generates is fraternity and peace. Jesus’ messenger is invited to heal people and relieve suffering. By this I mean not only the priest but also the catechist and each of us who make up the church. We are all called to announce Jesus. We must be people who relieve, not put weight on and push away our brothers and sisters.
3) Do not carry anything. The key is to put yourself in the hands of Jesus and walk knowing that God will set people along your path for you to evangelise and enlighten. Today you have to go out without prejudice and without your own judgements. Go out knowing that Jesus’ presence gives you the grace to face things and difficult situations. Abandon yourself to the Holy Spirit and you will have peace.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And don’t forget to pray the Rosary!