Though initially the 72 are somewhat sceptical about the abilities they received from Christ, they come to witness that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is a force beyond themselves by which God, in His mercy, makes the impossible come to be.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.2nd Reading:
We should place ourselves first in the position of the one lying beaten and half-dead, not in the place of the Good Samaritan. For only when we have been loved, forgiven, and healed by Christ are we able to do the same for others.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.2nd Reading:
"Few thing are needed, indeed only one." We need to live in the presence of the Lord. To offer hospitality to the Lord is to centre ourselves on His presence, rather that the distracted contents of our minds. We must endeavour to be still, silent, and attentive before God.
R. The just will live in the presence of the Lord.2nd Reading:
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. They want to pray with His confidence and to experience the same closeness with God. He teaches them to boldly call God, 'Father,' for in Baptism, they gained the audacity, like Abraham, to pray for what seems impossible.
R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.2nd Reading: