July 3, 2022
Gospel according to Luke 10.1-12, 17-20
At this time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom He sent ahead of Him in pairs to every city and place He intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you as lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no purse, no sandals; and do not greet anyone on the way. In 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 come back to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, because the worker deserves his wages. Do not move from house to house. Whatever city you enter and where you are welcomed, eat what is offered to you, heal the sick and tell them: “The kingdom of God is near for you. No matter what city you walk into and they don't receive you, go out into the streets and say, 'The dust of your city that clings to our feet, even the dust that we shake against you.' But know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that city." The seventy-two returned joyfully and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name. Jesus said, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you power to walk over serpents and scorpions and over all the strength of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits submit to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."