Harvest Time

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
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 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.'”
(Luke 10:1-9)

Scripture Study

10:1 The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples Some manuscripts report 70 disciples; others have 72. Appointed in addition to the Twelve, these disciples serve as heralds of Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God.

10:2 The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few Describes the large number of people ready to receive Jesus’ kingdom message and the relatively few people available to share the message of the kingdom of God.

I am sending you Sets the stage for the instructions that follow.

10:4 Carry no money bag They were to rely on God for their provisions.

10:6 a peaceful person Refers to a believer. Peace is used throughout Luke in reference to God’s blessing (e.g., 2:14; 7:50; 8:48).

it will return to you The initial greeting or blessing would not take effect on the house or its inhabitants.

10:7 Do not move about The Twelve should not be concerned with procuring better accommodations, which would be offensive to their hosts.

Scripture Reflection

Friends, our Gospel shows us what Jesus wants his followers to be doing and how they ought do it. We are a missionary church. We are sent by the Lord to spread his word and do his work. The Gospel is just not something that we are meant to cling to for our own benefit; it is seed that we are meant to give away.

Prayer is not incidental to ministry. It is not decorative. It is the lifeblood of the Church’s efforts. Without it, nothing will succeed; without it, no ministers will come forward. At all times pray, pray, pray.

Poverty and simplicity of life are prerequisites to the effective proclamation of the Gospel. Anthony, Benedict, Chrysostom, Francis and Clare, Dominic, Ignatius, Mother Teresa—across the board, the most effective proclaimers of the Gospel are those who rely on the providence of God and strip themselves of worldliness.

What is the first thing that the minister should do upon entering a city? “Cure the sick there.” Christ is Soter, healer of both body and spirit. The second great task of the Church is to proclaim that “the reign of God is at hand.” The Church is an announcing, proclaiming, evangelizing organism.

– Bishop Robert Barron

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.