Scripture: Luke 10:1-16
Key verses: (1-5)
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’
Reflection: Being a light packer does not come easy for me. It means starting to pack weeks before the trip, lots of planning, and taking things out as I realize I can get along without them. Even so, the things that usually make the final cut are essential.
Jesus wants the seventy to take less than the essentials — no money, no anything — just what they happen to be wearing. This light packing will help them be dependent on the kindness of strangers. “Them” is the key word in that sentence and on these missions.
Jesus didn’t send them out alone. He knew what he was doing when he sent them out in twos. When we journey together we share in the adventure and in the hospitality. We encourage each other to watch out for dangerous situations. We talk about those wonderful situations where we were given incredible hospitality and reflect on being welcomed. When we are going on a journey maybe it is not as important to pack light or pack nothing as it is to consider our partners that walk beside us.
Prayer: God, open my eyes to your work going on this world. Open my ears to your call. Open my arms to our neighbors in need. Open my heart to your love and the love of others. Bless the work we do together. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].