2Tim. 4:10-17b | Ps. 145:10-13, 17-18 | Lk. 10:1-9
Paul is writing Timothy and refers to Luke being with him. Paul requests that Mark be sent to him. In addition Paul relates the difficulties he is facing but also remarks that God is with him. We know that Luke and Mark ministered together. Jesus is sending out the seventy-two he has chosen. His words to them are to go out into the harvest carrying no bags, purses, sandals, etc. When they arrive somewhere they are to bless that place and if there is a person of peace there, then they were to remain. They were to eat what was offered to them and cure the sick. Jesus tells them that He is sending them out like lambs in the midst of wolves. What does it mean to be a lamb in the midst of wolves? A lamb always knows the master’s voice and trusts no one other than the master. Likewise the disciples were to remain faithful to Jesus and the direction of the Spirit. They were to remember what Jesus taught and did and follow His way. Doing so, they would bring God’s Word to the people. They would suffer, as Paul has, but that suffering, would bring them into union with Jesus and lead them to victory with Him.
We are also sent out each week at the end of the Mass to go and take the message of the Gospel to all people. We have the gift of the Holy Spirit and we can be sure that the Shepherd will protect us and provide for us. Ask for the grace to go out and bring Christ and His message to all whom you encounter. Remember God is always with you.