Fifth Friday of Ordinary Time

Fifth Friday of Ordinary Time
February 14, 2020

WORD of the DAY

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. (Luke 10: 1)

How shall I live this Word?

Today’s feast reminds us of the mission of two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, evangelizers of the Slavic peoples. The “couples of brothers” – the first two that Jesus calls: Simon and Andrew, James and John – immediately come to mind – we find them in the Gospel as a strategic choice by Jesus, so much so that, in this new mission, He does not call them, but sends them two by two. Jesus, who had already sent the Twelve (apostles: missionaries – sent), now sends seventy-two more, as many as the number of people living on the earth, according to the table of nations of Genesis 10 (in the Greek version of the LXX).
Being sent as a couple can be for mutual help, for testimony (we know that the agreement of two was required for the validity of the testimony) or even for the fraternal style with which the Kingdom is to be proclaimed, or even because where two are together, the presence of the Name that holds them together is witnessed (Mt 18:20). Two is the principle of many, two is the seed of the community. Two is the possibility of remaining open in mind and heart against self-centeredness; it is the choice of communion against individualism.


The voice of Pope Francis, Angelus 7 July 2013

Jesus is not an isolated missionary, he does not want to carry out his mission alone, but involves his disciples. And today we see that, in addition to the Twelve apostles, he calls seventy-two others, and sends them to 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 the love of God into the world and wants to spread it with the style of communion, with the style of fraternity. For this reason he immediately forms a community of disciples, which is a missionary community. He immediately trains them to the mission, to go. But be careful: the purpose is not to socialize, to spend time together, no, the purpose is to proclaim the Kingdom of God, and this is urgent ! Even today it is urgent! There is no time to waste on talking, you don’t have to wait for everyone’s consent, you have to go and proclaim. To all we bring the peace of Christ, and if they do not welcome it, we go ahead just the same.”

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA

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