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The good news for the day July 3

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (102)

One time, the Master Teacher employed seventy-two other people whom he sent ahead of him as couples into every town and locale where he intended to visit. His instructions were: “The harvest is very good, but the workers are limited in number; go ask the one in charge of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest. Go on your way. Watch it! I am sending you like little lambs in among wolves. Don’t carry your resources with you, don’t take a suitcase, no fancy footwear; and don’t waste time talking along the way. Into a house you enter, start by uttering, ‘Peace to this household!’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will resonate with that person; if no peaceful person–your peace will return to you. Stay in the same house, eating and drinking what people offer you, because the worker deserves his pay.” (Luke 10)

You and I are the 72—sent by our very existence in among wolves. People will ridicule you if you are serious about the Word. To so many folks it makes no sense. “Why aren’t you like the rest of us?” they ask.

Sometimes you have no answer. But that is what Jesus says—travel light, don’t haul your arguments along. Bring peace—not a quarrel. Forgive. It may seem foolish to you to forgive someone, to speak truth when everyone thinks otherwise, to challenge greed and hypocrisy like Jesus. You will meet ideologues convinced you are stupid. You will meet non-Christians who shun the slightest thought of religion, belief and love. You will meet people whose Christianity is significantly different from yours. You will meet ranters and ragers—men and women determined to destroy your faith and hope, your peace of soul. You will meet pessimists and egotists, self-confident and pushy people who look down on you in any number of ways. They will “top” you, no matter what you say or do.

You are no better than such wolves; you are called to be less then them, to suffer the indignities that they offer. Stay peaceful. Let peace be your armor and your friend, and you will find peaceable brothers & sisters.

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