A quote St. Teresa of Avila’s well-known saying reminds us how we carry on the ministry that Jesus gave us:
Christ has no body on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ looks out to the world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless others now.
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
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. He said to them, “. . . 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, `Peace to this house!’ 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. . . . But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, `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.’
. . . The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
From sermon4kids.com: “Jesus sent out workers to tell others about God. . . . When they came back, they were overjoyed by the great success of their mission saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” Jesus answered, “. . . do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” ”
Collect: O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Responding to the boasting of the disciples he sent out, Jesus said, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning” (Luke 10:18). What does Jesus’ response indicate? What is he saying? Where and when have you seen Satan fall like lightning?
Sunday School—out for the summer
Eye Candy: Images of what happened to the 70: “Stachys, Amplias, Urban“; “Erastus, Olympus, Rhodion, Sosipater, Quartus and Tertius“; “Sosthenes, Apollo, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Cæsar and Onesiphorus“.
Ear Worm: Musical adaptations of St. Teresa’s “Christ has no body”: by David Ogden sung by Josh Garrels and full chorus; different tune sung by the Notre Dame folk choir; written and sung by John Michael Talbot.
Movies/Videos: “The Greatest Showman” (2017), an application of the Great Commission to accept all into the Christ community; “Yesterday” (2019), an interesting fantasy about waking in a world where no one knows The Beatles and how to take their music to the world; “Toy Story 4” (2019), ““Toy Story 4” brings the franchise full-circle in the most respectable and fantastical way. “.
Image “Sosthenes, Apollo, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Cæsar and Onesiphorus”.
Consider Jesus sending his disciples out “two-by-two”. Why would he do this? Consider also the times when you’ve been involved in a project and someone else helped you bring the project to conclusion. Now answer the question, “why would he do this?”