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Luke 10:1-9

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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. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, 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 labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

Luke 10:1-9
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    • Jesus’ advice to travel light applies to all of us. How many unneeded and unused purses, bags, sandals and other stuff clutter my drawers? My friend John, flying to his mission in Zimbabwe, can fit all he carries into his cabin luggage. Confiscation or theft are not a worry to him. I admire and envy him.
    • Lord, make me content with you as my baggage.
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    • Jesus invites me to travel lightly, not to be burdened or weighed down so that I might more readily offer peace to those I meet. He encourages me to offer a blessing confidently without concern for how my good wishes are accepted. I will not be lessened by what is not received. I pray that I might continue to give generously, knowing that what I offer comes from God.
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    • Jesus’ advice to travel light applies to all of us. How simple is life for the person whose goods fit into one bag! That is Jesus’ way.
    • How many purchases do I make of things that I don’t really need, or even use? How much energy do I use in my house or car that I could save?
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    • Jesus appoints each of his followers to go out to heal and to preach the kingdom of God. He needs help and he doesn’t wait for us to sort out issues of personal frailty. He has selected us, and he says to us ‘Go!’! People will be surprised and we will experience a variety of receptions as we try to share his love and his values.
    • Lord, sometimes I wonder if I have the ability to recognise you at all in the midst of all my clutter. Am I carrying too many purses, bags and sandals? Make me content with less, which is enough. I pray now in this Sacred Space to be happily aware that the kingdom of God is very near.
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    • The Lord sends me out as his ambassador! When people see me coming, do they think of me as bringing Good News?
    • ‘The kingdom of God’ means that God’s ways of relating to people are to prevail. I ask that all my interactions with others may be life-giving and liberating rather than unhelpful.
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    • Lord, you were sending followers on a mission, so your words here carry weight over the centuries. You sent them in pairs, not as individuals. You told them to travel light and to be vulnerable, to bring peace, but not to dally with small talk. On each of these counts I can look at my own life.