Thursday 5 October 2017

About Today Readings

Nehemiah 8:1-12. Psalm 18(19):8-11. Luke 10:1-12.

The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart — Psalm 18(19):8-11.

‘Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals.’

While we are familiar with the identities of the Twelve, those of the seventy-two others remain a mystery. Who were these followers of Jesus? What were they like and how did they react to being sent out in this way to proclaim the coming of the kingdom?

The mission to go out with none of the basic comforts we are familiar with is more than a little disconcerting. Nevertheless, it is a reminder that the possessions we think we cannot do without can have a nasty habit of possessing us. Today’s gospel reminds us that proclaiming the kingdom is not dependent on the material supports of the world. Often the best proclaimers of the Gospel are the poor in our midst.


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