you to 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.'
“He sent them, two by two.“The gospel today describes the sending out of the 72 dis- ciples in pairs, two by two. Per- haps, Jesus wants the disciples to understand the importance of mutual help in the mission. They have to see their mission in the context of community. A priest once shared that as Christ’s dis- ciples, our mission is not indivi- dual, but rather communitarian. And we could learn something from St. Luke, the Evangelist, whose feast we celebrate today. Luke is Paul’s faithful com- panion in the ministry. He is be- lieved to have accompanied St. Paul in his journey, acting either as his personal physician or his secretary (amanuensis) particu- larly when he was in prison. He is identified as the author of the third “Synoptic Gospel”, which reminds us of the great sacrifice Jesus made through his death on the cross and his Resurrec- tion. Moreover, he is also be- lieved to have written the Acts of the Apostles, which covers the earliest history of the Church af- ter Jesus’ earthly ministry. As we celebrate his feast, let us ask the Lord to help us fulfill our mission in the Church by deepening our understanding of God’s word.
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