From a Creighton Student's Perspective
October 18, 2011
Sophomore, Biology Major, Spanish Minor
The readings today all point to the central theme of proclaiming the Good News. In the Gospel today, Jesus sends out pairs of two on a mission in order to preach together where Jesus plans to go. The disciples are to go out “like lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3) because the first-century Mediterranean society in which they lived had many contrasting viewpoints; they were to live the traditional community values whilst on their mission.
For one thing, Jesus tells his disciples to bring no possessions along with them. The mission is considered rather urgent, so the disciples were not to speak to anyone on their route. A potential reason for this might be because it could be distracting for this imperative task. Material possessions take one away from the spiritual world into the material world; if one goes without possessions, he will better be able to focus on the mission at hand. Also, not bringing any possessions forced the disciples to be immersed into the community in which they were sent. They were forced to have faith that the people they would meet would be hospitable to them.
Not only must the disciples have faith that they will be welcomed into the community, but they must share the home in which they are welcomed. The disciples are ordered by Jesus, “eat what is set before you,” (Luke 10:8) because the disciples do not want to dishonor their hosts by refusing food or gifts.
Jesus preaches of the Kingdom of God being inclusive to all of those who believe. Because of this, the disciples are to aid those who are typically and communally excluded. Jesus wants his disciples to respect all and to declare, “The Kingdom of God is at hand for you,” (Luke 10:9) if and when the people in the community are able to live together in peace according to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
As it is the middle of October and fall is upon us here with the leaves changing colors, let us remember God’s call for us to spread his Word because “the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few” (Luke 10:2). There are countless opportunities to change the world, may we make a small yet powerful contribution to God’s immeasurable harvest by helping to spread the news of the Kingdom of God.
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