Thursday 30 September 2021

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St Jerome

Nehemiah 8:1-12. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart – Psalm 18(19):8-11. Luke 10:1-12.

Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves

When Jesus commissioned 72 of his disciples to go on mission, he gave them a vision of a great harvest for the kingdom of God. The image of a harvest conveys the coming of God’s reign on earth, with the harvest being the fruition of labour and growth. The harvest Jesus had in mind was not only the people of Israel, but all the peoples of the world.

Jesus says his disciples must be lambs in the midst of wolves, warning that the disciples must expect opposition and persecution from those who oppose the gospel. The way we act and serve, if it is inspired by Jesus, involves some sacrifice in our lives and the realisation that we may face opposition. But we are not expected to face this opposition alone – Jesus sent out his disciples two by two. And he too is with us always.

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