Psalter: Week 2
Ps 66:1–3, 4–5, 6–7, 16, 20
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
1st Reading: Is 66:10–14c
Rejoice for Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her. Be glad with her, rejoice with her, all you who were in grief over her, that you may suck of the milk from her comforting breasts, that you may drink deeply from the abundance of her glory.
For this is what Yahweh says: I will send her peace, overflowing like a river; and the nations’ wealth, rushing like a torrent towards her.
And you will be nursed and carried in her arms and fondled upon her lap.
As a son comforted by his mother, so will I comfort you. At the sight of this, your heart will rejoice; like grass, your bones will flourish. For it shall be known that Yahweh’s hand is with his servant, but his fury is upon his enemy.
2nd Reading: Gal 6:14–18
For me, I do not wish to take pride in anything except in the cross of Christ Jesus our Lord. Through him the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
Let us no longer speak of the circumcised and of non-Jews, but of a new creation. Let those who live according to this rule receive peace and mercy: they are the Israel of God! Let no one trouble me any longer: for my part, I bear in my body the marks of Jesus.
May the grace of Christ Jesus our Lord be with your spirit brothers and sisters. Amen.
Gospel: Lk 10:1–12, 17–20 (or Lk 10:1–9)
The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know.
“Whatever house you enter, first bless them saying: ‘Peace to this house.’ If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house.
“When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.’
“But in any town where you are not welcome, go to the marketplace and proclaim: ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off and leave with you. But know and be sure that the kingdom of God had come to you.’ I tell you that on the Judgment Day it will be better for Sodom than for this town.”
The seventy-two disciples returned full of joy. They said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we called on your name.” Then Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. You see, I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the Enemy, so that nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, don’t rejoice because the evil spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.”
Read: All three readings focus on a new way of being and relating to God. As a mother comforts her child, God will comfort His people and pour down His peace on them. In the new world order, there would be no distinctions or acts of discrimination, but all would share in the identity of Christ and bear God’s peace and mercy. Satan would submit to those who live and preach Christ’s message, and they would receive their inheritance in the heavens.
Reflect:How do I respond to my God who offers me maternal love and affection, whose marks I carry in my soul? Do I volunteer to be his apostle, to share his message of peace and mercy with the world? Why does Jesus send his disciples two-by-two, and what message does it convey to me? Do I rejoice in subduing the enemies of God rather than delight in God’s mercy and goodness?
Pray: Pray that God may reveal to you the specific mission that He wants you to do. Pray that God grants you the courage and freedom to accept and fulfill it joyfully.
Listen: Listen to Christ’s directives as he sends you forth on his (your) mission.
Act: Bless and wish peace to someone whom you meet today.
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