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Cat Food, Fuchsias And The Christian Message

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of Him
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

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Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:1


A Sunday School teacher was telling her class of second-graders the story of the City of Sodom. She said,

Most of the people in that city were being terribly disobedient to God's laws. Then God sent a message. The message was that if ten good men couldn't be found in the city, it would be destroyed. It turned out that only one good man could be found. His name was Lot. An angel told him to take his wife and flee out of the city because it was going to be destroyed. Then the angel warned him: "Don't look back!...head for the hills and don't look back." So Lot and his wife got out of the city, and Lot was saved. But his wife looked back and she was turned into a chunk of salt. Now, children, do you have any questions?

One little girl raised her hand and said, "Teacher, the angel told Lot to take his wife and flee out of the city. What happened to the flea?"

Later, at home, a little boy told the story of Lot to his mother. "There weren't ten good men in Sodom" he said. "That's even worse than my class!"

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus appoints not ten good men, but seventy persons to carry out His ministry of service. He had lectured the disciples on the subject of priorities. If they would be His disciples, then nothing should be allowed to distract them from their ministry of service; everything was to be lived out in that context. Jesus was calling for genuine, no-turning-back commitment. "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God," He said (Lk. 9:61).

Luke tells us in today's Gospel Lesson that Jesus sent those seventy committed disciples "on ahead of Him, two-by-two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to come" (Lk. 10:1). "Heal the sick," Jesus instructed them, "and say to them, 'The Kingdom of God has come near to you' (Lk. 10:11).

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