For 1 October 2009, , based on Lk 10:1-12
After this Jesus appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, â€œThe harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, â€˜Peace to this house!â€™ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, â€˜The kingdom of God has come near to you.â€™ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, â€˜Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.â€™ I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.