Ord. Wk 26th: Thursday,  Thursday, 5th October,2017  (Lk 10:1-11)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Peace Bearers: In today’s Gospel, Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples to proclaim the Good News to all peoples.  Jesus lamented, “the harvest is rich, but the labourers are few.”  Do our lives witness to Christ’s Peace, and reap the “harvest” by drawing people closer to Jesus or do we drive people away through our pride, prejudice and arrogance? 

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself would be visiting. And he said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to do his harvesting. Start off now, but look, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Take no purse with you, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house.

Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is put before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.” But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, “We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near.”

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • When Jesus chose the seventy-two disciples to spread the Good News of salvation, He asked them to be detached from worldly needs and put their complete trust in God.

  • If we want to serve God and spread the Good News, we must live the Gospel single-mindedly. We cannot hope to encourage others to follow Jesus’ teachings when we do not practise what we preach.

  • The unwillingness of many to commit to God’s Good News of Salvation could be the reason for the “few labourers in God’s vineyard”. How is God challenging us to live and love the Gospel more fully daily?