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ill The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Commentary -- sending of seventy: Their return with joy GOSpel Commentary for work of Jesus and his immediate 12 This section of Luke's gospel is known as the "jour- 1995, Fourteenth Sun- Cycle C Luke 6:12 -- 16 Jesus choose among all his disciples. 12e he named "apostles." =those sent." They were }ut for their first mission of and proclamation of the of God in Luke 9:1 -- 6. find also in Mark and In today's gospel Luke Jesus doing something he no other gospel. He "ap- T0 others of his disciples them out in pairs to pre- arrival in various places. There is a set instructions" which were used earlier versions to send out the 12 in Mark, and in Luke. The70 return with joy boasting were subject to them in the name of with a slight correction: "Do not this, that the spirits are subject to you; but your names are written in heaven." story occurs only in Luke, one may legiti- that Luke is being creative. But why? out to correct the Gospel of Mark and others been lost. The Gospel of Mark gives the that the end of the world, the end of time The 12 apostles of Jesus had done their gospel had been proclaimed throughout the was known at the time. Catastrophic suf- had come upon at least one segment of the the Christian community at Rome. The end Sear. Jesus was about to return. But he did not Luke needs to show in some way that the By FATHER DON DILGER COLUMNIST is to continue. The mission of the 70 may represent Luke's correction of Mark. The end is not at hand, The world and the Christian mission to the world must continue. Why does Luke choose the num- ber 70 for this second mission? We can only speculate, but the fact that Moses had not only the princes of the 12 tribes of Israel as his assis- tants, but also 70 elders may have something to with his choice. Yah- weh speaks to Moses about the el- ders of Israel in Numbers 11:17, "I will take some of the spirit which is upon you and put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you that may not bear it yourself alone." There were also seventy descendants of Jacob-Israel who went down to Egypt and were separated from their promised land for a long time. Luke sees the" Christian community as the new people of God. They too would be in exile for a long time. The end had not come. Their promised land was a long way off. In the meantime those 70 can repre- sent all Christians who are to fulfill the mission of Jesus to teach, to heal, to proclaim the king- dom of God. Luke places this episode of the sending of the 70 at the point where Jesus leaves his Galilean ministry and turns to a greater world. He is on his way to Jerusalem. That greater world begins at Jerusalem and reaches tQ the ends of the earth. Luke writes in 24:47, "...repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem." ney to Jerusalem." Jerusalem will not be the end, only the beginning. On this very artificial journey that Luke constructs for Jesus he includes the pri- vate education of the disciples. That education is meant for Luke's readers. The Sunday gospels from now until the end of November will be taken from the journey to Jerusalem to instruct Christians of our time in the following and proclamation of Jesus and his message. Today's gospel reading omits a part of Luke in which Jesus condemns the cities that do not receive the message of his disciples. Those who reject them reject the one who sent them. But Luke ends on a positive note. The disciples return with joy over the power that Jesus gave them. Jesus promises that they will tread on scorpions and serpents and over the "power of the enemy," and nothing will hurt them. The "enemy" is undoubtedly the devil and "scorpions and serpents" are metaphorical language for the devil. The literal interpretation of these words has become part of the biblical basis for snake-handling Christian communities. When, con- trary to the words, "nothing shall hurt you," they do get bitten, the explanation is that their faith was too weak. What the Lucan Jesus is really saying to his disciples of all time is that when they teach and act in his name, the power of evil will never prevail over them. For this reason "rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Readings for 14th Sunday Cycle C: Isaiah 66:10 m 14c: Galatians 6:1418 scouts plan leadership trip, seek help from the Diocese have been se- ate in a high p program scouts at the Ranch in New Jason Gries from Church in Vander- and Andy Wit- St. John the Bap- h in Newburgh, an announcement National Catholic oa Scouting. are also hoping in meeting travel experience is de- Vincennes Bicknell Sandborn nceton, Patoka i %" ii , 'iii signed to develop organiza- tional and relational skills for leadership as well as nourish- ing the youth's spirituality. The program will bring senior youth from around the country together with selected priests and seminarians for seven days of backpacking on the trail and three days of inten- sive leadership training utiliz- ing St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, and Philmont's beauti- ful high country. The program is designed to encourage the integration of morality and values, spirituality and faith, and scripture with the responsibilities of Christian leadership and vocations. Plan- ners hope the participants will carry a meaningful experience lme with them and become more effective peer leaders in their respective dioceses. The scouts are to arrive in Denver on Sunday, July 30, ac- F.D.I.C. msition open for dorm su- I girls, grades 9 m 12, at eights Academy in Ferdinand, supervisors are responsible discipline, supervising the evenings, and are available as needs arise. Previous ex- With high school aged students send a resume to: Principal Marian Heights Academy 812 East lOth Street Ferdinand, IN 47532. Application deadline: July 24. cording to Janet Witmeier. She said they will spend three days ]n an intensive Leadership Training program at St. Thomas Seminary. Each crew will hike a selected Philmont "trek" with a priest and a seminarian. 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Mr. Hirsch retired from Midwest Construction Company as an opera tog he is also a retired farmer.