At that time the Lord 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.'
In his first Rule for the Franciscan Order, Saint Francis of Assisi urged his brothers who wished to be missionaries to—in his words—“avoid quarrels or disputes and be subject to every human creature for God’s sake.” The friars were to be men of peace as they fulfilled Francis’s wish to “proclaim the word of God openly.” That Franciscan style of mission continues today, as we friars seek to discover where God is at work in different human cultures and in other religious traditions around the world. Today, most contemporary missionaries make a similar effort to look, listen, and learn from the people with whom they share the Good News.
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus sends out 72 disciples on mission. He urges them to bring a message of peace as they announce that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
We can take a cue as evangelizers in the world today from Christ as St. Francis did. Even if we’re not formal missionaries, we’re sent out from each Eucharist into the world. We carry a message of peace. Let’s seek the good wherever God has planted it. Let’s try to learn from those who are different from us, respecting their culture and sincere beliefs, even as we announce the Kingdom.
What is the message, in the first reading, that Isaiah proclaims about Jerusalem?
Isaiah says, “The Lord’s power shall be known to his servants.” How will that power of the Lord be made known to Jerusalem?
In the second reading, Saint Paul says he only wants to boast about the power of the cross, through which he has been crucified to the world and the world to him. What does Saint Paul see and understand about the cross? What does the cross do for him?
This Sunday's Gospel tells about what happened when Jesus sent out 72 disciples to every town and place he intended to visit. What did Jesus tell them about what to take with them?
What was the first thing Jesus told them to say in greeting people whom they visited?
by Susan Hines-Brigger
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