A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
After this, Jesus appointed a further seventy-two and sent them in pairs in advance to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them: ”The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore ask the overseer to send workers to the harvest. Be on your way, and remember: I am sending you as lambs in the midst of wolves. Do not carry a walking stick or traveling bag; wear no sandals and greet no one along the way. On entering any house, first say ‘Peace to this house.’ If they are
peaceable there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the one house, eating and drinking what they have, for the laborer is worth a wage. Do not move from house to
“Into whatever city you go, after they welcome you, eat what they set before you and cure the sick there. Say to them, ‘The reign of God is at hand.’ If the people of any town you enter do not welcome you, go into its streets and say, ‘We shake the dust of this town from our feet as testimony against you. But know that the reign of God is near.’ I assure you, on that day the fate of Sodom will be less severe than that of such a town.”
The seventy-two returned in jubilation saying, ”Teacher, even the demons are subject to us in your name.” Jesus said in reply: “I have watched Satan fall from the sky like lightning. See what I have done; I have given you power to tread on snakes and scorpions and all the forces of the enemy and nothing shall ever injure you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice so much in the fact that the devils are subject to you as that your names are inscribed in heaven.”
The Good News as spoken through Luke.