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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

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Gospel text (Lk 10:1-12.17-20): The Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him. 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 laborer 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.' Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, 'The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.' Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town."

The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to 'tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we wonder if perhaps we too should be added to this first group of messengers of the Lord. Are those things of the past? Twenty centuries later, things haven’t changed. The same sigh is coming from God’s heart: «The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest». God continues to look for partners in the world to comfort the world.

—«The seventy-two came back very happy». Of course they did! There is nothing better than living with Jesus, studying with Jesus ... with Jesus? Wherever you bring peace and joy, there will be Christ passing through. "Get on your way!"