Thursday 18 October 2018
2 Timothy 4:10-17. Psalm 144(145):10-13, 17-18. Luke 10:1-9.
Your friends tell the glory of your kingship, Lord – Psalm 144(145):10-13, 17-18.
‘The Lord stood by me.’
Jesus sends out seventy-two missionaries to prepare the way for his eventual arrival in the villages across the countryside. The story highlights a few things about Jesus’ mission.
First, he can’t do it all on his own. Jesus needs others who help prepare and spread the message. Second, Jesus did not establish himself in one place. He went out to people – he didn’t presume that people would come to him. And, finally, much of Jesus’ preaching took place in rural areas, away from the main centres. It would be in the heart of the Holy City that Jesus would find the greatest opposition.
We too are asked to be people who ‘go out’ to people in the midst of our ordinary lives.