3 July 2022 - 4th Sunday after Pentecost - In our Gospel passage today, Jesus was aware that the national situation was desperate and people were growing frustrated and fearful, some even panicking and turning to extremism as they looked for the answer. In this context, Jesus sent out the 70 with urgent instructions to heal the sick and proclaim the Kingdom of God, and not to become diverted along the way. This passage surely speaks to us today. It is a powerful reminder that in our frustrations with our societies and churches, we cannot be tempted to look for instant, non-biblical solutions. The work of a disciple must rest upon Jesus’ assurance that God’s kingship will continue to expand despite political and cultural obstacles. Thus, Rev. David Pileggi tells us, our response must be urgent and Kingdom-centered but never one of despair or panic.
Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Acts 12:19b-24; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20