Jan26

January 26, 2016 (Tuesday)

Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops
(M) WHITE

2 Tm 1:1-8 [or Ti 1:1-5] Ps 96

Lk 10:1-9
[or Mk 3:31-35]

 

THE MISSION OF SEVENTY-TWO

1The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. 2He 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. 3Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. 4Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. 5Into whatever house you enter, rst say, ‘Peace to this household.’ 6If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. 8Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, 9cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’ ”

 

 

INTO WHATEVER HOUSE YOU ENTER, FIRST SAY, “PEACE TO THIS HOUSEHOLD.”

The house is both the starting point and the ultimate destination of the missionaries’ special mission. e house functions in three essential capacities: rst, as the location of the Gospel’s proclamation and acceptance; second, as the personi ed object of the missionaries’ salvi c appeal; third, as the unique sphere of inclusive table fellowship in the Kingdom of God. is “household mission” has a total disregard for racial and ethnic distinctions.

The greeting “Peace to this household” signi es a shift from house as a spatial location to house in the gurative sense of “family” (cf Lk 19:9). It is the personi ed household that becomes the object of the missionaries’ salvi c appeal. Peace here is not a mere greeting, but it confronts the people of the house with God’s salvation.

Our mission is to lead people not to ourselves, but to an experience of God’s salvation.

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