The Mission of the Seventy-Two

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Luke 10:1-9 or Mark 4:26-34

THE Lord appointed seventy[-two] others whom He sent ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place He intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals, and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.' "


Yesterday we were celebrating the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Today, quite appropriately as a sort of afterthought, we remember two of his closest friends and collaborators, Timothy and Titus.

About Titus, we know he was a converted pagan of Greek origin, who ended up bishop of the island of Crete. He accompanied Paul on some of Paul's travels and was entrusted with various delicate missions. It seems Titus had a knack for calming troubled waters and smoothing things out wherever he went. In Paul's letter to him, Paul calls him "my true child" (Ti 1:4). …