A Gospel according to Lk 10:1-9
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two 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 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.’”
St. Luke wrote one of the three synoptic gospels. Luke like Matthew and Mark gave an overall similar view of Jesus' three years of ministry. Yet, St. Luke was not a disciple during Jesus' life. He was a disciple of St. Paul and knew the blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus' mother.
He was a physician and was educated. St. Luke went to many of the disciples who knew Jesus, even to Mary, to get details and the order of the events of Jesus' life. His perspective was from a humane, caring point of view. In his accounts of Jesus' life, he shows how compassionate Jesus was to the poor, the sick, and those afflicted in spirit.
St. Luke's symbol is a bull. What is the significance of the bull? In the Old Testament bulls were used as a sacrifice in the Temple. Throughout his gospel, St. Luke points out that Jesus Christ is the true sacrifice. His death on the cross, resurrection and ascension shows how great His love is for us.
During our FACE ZBS (Face-to-Face ZOOM Bible Study) sessions, we learned that St, Luke was a gentile and was motivated to spreading Jesus' message to the gentiles. He was a disciple of St. Paul and knew the Blessed Mother and has more accounts about women in his gospel than any of the other writers. He tells of the incarnation, Mary's visit to Elizabeth, the Magnificat, Mary's canticle of praise, the birth of Jesus, the presentation of Jesus and the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. He tells of the repentant woman who washes Jesus' feet with her tears and dries them with her hair.
The Acts of the Apostles is believed to be Luke's writing. He accompanied St. Paul on many of his missionary journeys. He continued Paul's mission after he was martyred in Rome. St. Luke fell in love with Jesus and he wanted others, especially his friend Theophilus to know and love Him, too.
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.
As a member of Priest Always Prayer Apostolate (PAPA), we pledge to pray our PAPA prayer for priests daily and to spread this prayer to others and to make them disciples of prayer, too.
Our mandate is to pray and make disciples. Jesus sent the seventy-two disciples in pairs. We send missionaries in pairs to spread our PAPA Prayer for Priests. We pray that Priests are faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Join us this Wednesday, October 19th, for FACE ZBS and learn about this week's Gospel of Luke using the Biblical context guided by a theologian.
God bless you all!