Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples 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.”
“You see, we’re on a mission from God,” – Elwood Blues
In today’s Gospel, Jesus missions seventy-two disciples to prepare the way for him and for his ministry. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that the mission will be long, laborious, and beset with rejection. Yet, despite the arduousness of this mission, upon entering any home, Jesus directs the disciples to “first say, ‘Peace to this household.’” The peace of which Jesus is speaking is not merely an absence of conflict, strife, war, or turmoil. It is a peace that St. Thérèse of Lisieux, whose feast we celebrate today, tells us to allow to “settle into [our] bones, and allow [our] souls the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.” It is only natural that such a deep and profound peace is the singular foundation upon which this mission can conceivably be accomplished because as “you see, we’re on a mission from God.”
—Ms. Jacquelyn Lesiak is the Assistant Principal for Professional Development and teaches World History at Creighton Prep.
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
—Attributed to St. Thérèse de Lisieux and St. Theresa of Avila, http://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/Morning-and-New-Beginnings-Prayers.cfmPlease share the Good Word with your friends!