From the Sunday Angelus:
This Sunday's Gospel (Lk 10:1-12.17-20) speaks to us precisely of this:
of the fact that Jesus is not an isolated missionary, does not want to
fulfill his mission alone, but involves his disciples. Today we see
that, in addition to the Twelve Apostles, He calls seventy-two others,
and sends them into the villages, two by two, to announce that the
Kingdom of God is near. This is very beautiful! Jesus does not want to
act alone, He has come to bring to the world the love of God and wants
to spread that love with a style of communion and fraternity. For this
reason, he forms immediately a community of disciples, which is a
missionary community. Iright from the start, He trains them for the
mission, to go [on the mission].
Beware, however: the purpose is not
to socialize, to spend time together – no, the purpose is to proclaim
the Kingdom of God, and this is urgent! There is no time to waste in
small talk, no need to wait for the consent of all – there is need only
of going out and proclaiming. The peace of Christ is to be brought to
everyone, and if some do not receive it, then you go on. To the sick is
to be brought healing, because God wants to heal man from all evil. How
many missionaries do this! They sow life, health, comfort to the
peripheries of the world.
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