Gospel of Luke 10:1-12 Reflection:
In today’s gospel we have the origin of one of those lovely Irish traditions that we have almost lost. In days past when someone entered a house they would say, ‘God bless all here,’ knowing from this gospel that if the person did not accept the blessing the blessing would come back to them, since any blessing from God is never lost.
Jesus is sending out the 72 disciples in pairs to go and spread the Good News. He gives very practical instructions; take no purse, haversack, or sandals. If they go to a village and are not made welcome, move on, and go to a place where the people are open to the word of God; stay with the people, taking whatever food and drink they offer.
Then, says Jesus, tell the people very simply, the Kingdom of God is at hand.
That is a powerful message, that simple statement. It catches everyone unawares, even us who know and believe the statement. This is because the words are so powerful: ‘the Kingdom of God,’ ‘God’s place of dominion, ‘is at hand,’ it is here beside us.
In a world which no longer accepts that God is Lord, this message still carries power, because deep inside every person is a fundamental concept of God. It is in our DNA.
What the gospel today says to us is, preach the gospel in our lives, be not ashamed of Jesus and his kingdom and go on with our ordinary lives, working and living in a way that shows we believe that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
That is powerful evangelisation.