Today's gospel reminds us that, in addition to the twelve Jesus selected and sent out as apostles, he chose and sent out 72 to prepare the way for him, as he made his way to the surrounding towns and villages.
As Fr. Julio noted in reflecting on this gospel episode today, these 72 were neither popes nor cardinals, priests nor bishops--rather, they were ordinary lay persons like you and me, chosen by Jesus to assist with his ministry. We, too, are chosen by Christ to help in spreading his Good News of love and mercy around the world. Let us pray for the courage, the wisdom and the generosity to do just that.
Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20