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.’
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 labourer 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.’
Jesus makes a powerful statement: “I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” He was highlighting that it will never be easy to follow his calling. When we stand out from the crowd to do something in His name, it takes enormous courage and confidence. It can feel lonely when your efforts are shunned. It wasn’t easy for the first disciples and it’s not easy for anyone today. How often was Jesus himself shunned and disrespected, while trying to carry out his father’s work? The lord recognises how difficult this mission is and that we cannot do it without Him.
He goes on “carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.” If we look at this line from a spiritual point of view, He is first saying – rely upon my providence and secondly keep focused upon your final goal. It’s not that money or speaking to strangers are in and of themselves bad; so long as they do not detract from the ultimate goal set for us by the Lord.
Notwithstanding our age or status of health; the lord has a mission for each of us to fulfill. There is without doubt, a voice calling you but are you listening? Are we truely satisfied that we are fulfilling the agenda set for us by the Lord. Can we look the Lord in the eye, understanding the enormous pain and suffering He endured for us and confidently say that we are worthy of a place with him in heaven; with the angels and saints having fulfilled our true mission here on earth, to the fullest of our abilities?
My Good Shepherd, I do resolve to embrace Your most holy will with all my might. Give me courage, trust and resolve to follow You wherever You lead. I give myself to You, dear Lord. Jesus, I trust in You.