Memory of the Church

Berbagi Di

Memorial of Saint Jerome, doctor of the Church, who died in Bethlehem in 420. He translated the Bible into the Latin language. Prayer that the voice of the Scripture may be heard in every language.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.
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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 10,1-12

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself would be visiting. And he said to them, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to do his harvesting. Start off now, but look, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Take no purse with you, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, "Peace to this house!" And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is put before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, "The kingdom of God is very near to you." But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, "We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near." I tell you, on the great Day it will be more bearable for Sodom than for that town.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This Gospel passage reports the second missionary discourse of Jesus reported in the Gospel of Luke. If the first was directed to the Twelve (9:1-6), as if to gather the whole Israel, now the reason is the mission of the seventy-two disciples whose number (see. Genesis 10) symbolizes all the peoples of the earth. Luke places it at the beginning of Jesus' journey to Jerusalem. The universality of preaching is not a further addition to the Gospel message, it is an integral part of the mission that Jesus entrusts to his disciples from the beginning. He himself, in fact, notes that "the harvest is abundant," large, and the workers are few. There is a disproportion between the enormous work of evangelizing the world and the small number of disciples. And Jesus is well aware of this. However, the problem is not only in terms of the number of workers, but also in terms of their quality. In fact, Jesus urges the disciples to pray not only for the Father to send workers but also for their work to be successful. "I send you as lambs among wolves." The communication of the Gospel also involves a struggle. The image of the lambs and wolves emphasizes the mode of mission. It is not characterized by a spirit of violence and imposition but by the meekness and humility of the lambs. We could say that meekness itself is not a way of communicating but is the substance of the Gospel. With the strength of meekness we defeat the weakness of violence. The equipment of the disciple consists only of the Gospel. There is no need for a purse, bag, or sandals. And they are sent everywhere to communicate the Gospel. There is a beautiful notation of Gregory the Great about sending the disciples "two by two." Jesus sent the disciples two by two so that their first preaching would be love for each other. Love, in fact, is the strength of the disciples, those of yesterday and those of today. The love of the Lord is strong and overcomes the "wolves" of this world.