After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two
ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
In his writings, Luke often refers to the Spirit animating the community. According to his narrative, these disciples were not sent out alone. There were a group of others sent on the same mission. They were sent without any necessities and no guarantees about how they were to be received. Their common mission and their mutual need was their strength and support. Luke often stresses that the Spirit active in Jesus is also in those who will continue his mission in the world. He sees the same Spirit who enlivened the mission of Jesus as guiding the community of his followers.
Come Holy Spirit.
If we believe that the same mission given to the disciples is also given to our present community, how should we respond? What are some small but concrete ways we can witness to the values of the gospel of Jesus?
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
There is so much need for Christians who bear witness to the Gospel with joy in everyday life. The disciples, sent by Jesus, ‘returned with joy’.
We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.
John R.W. Stott
The mission of God’s people is not simply directed at saving people’s souls from a bad life-after-death into a good life-after-death, but it addresses and hopefully touches the injustice and violence around us—poverty, racism, sexism, economic exploitation, war, environmental destruction—where salvation, justice, and peace can merge.
There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Margaret J. Wheatley
The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.
Coretta Scott King
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.