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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Jul Mission of the seventy: Return of the By FATHER DONALD DILGER Columnist Gospel Commentary for July 5, 1998: Fourteenth Sunday: Ordinary Time: Cycle C: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 After Luke portrayed the hardships awaiting those who choose to be Jesus' disciples, he gives his readers a story of seventy disciples appointed by Jesus beyond the twelve whom Jesus called "apos- tles." The number seventy has important symbolic value. In Luke's theology Christians are the continua- tion of ancient Israel. The Old Testament books of Genesis, Exodus, and Deuteronomy speak of seventy descendants of Jacob/Israel going down into Egypt. They were the nucleus that grew into a great people of whom the Book of Exodus reports, "The children of Israel were fruitful and grew in numbers greatly. They increased and grew so immensely powerful that they filled the land." This is the vision Luke has for the Christian Church. The sending out of the seventy disciples begins the process. Luke's second volume, which we call "Acts of Apostles," details the process of growth from Jerusalem to Rome. There is another point which Luke emphasizes with the choice of the number seventy. It was com- mon opinion among Jewish scholars of his time that prophecy had ceased with Malachy, who is usually dated in the fifth century B.C. In the Book of Num- bers, chapter 11, Moses complains.to Yahweh that he can no longer bear "to carry this nation by myself alone. The weight is too much for me." Yahweh tells Moses to gather seventy of the elders of Israel, to bring them to the Tent of Meeting (Yahweh's resi- dence among his people), and to stand next to Moses in front of this tent. Yahweh takes some of the spirit of prophecy in Moses and shares it among the seven- ty elders. Early Christian theology saw Jesus as the new Moses promised by the Book of Deuteronomy. By sending the seventy disciples to share in his work, the Spirit which came upon Jesus at his baptism is shared with the seventy elders/disciples. As Jesus is depict- ed in Luke's writings asthe ultimate prophet, the promised "prophet like Moses" of Deuteronomy, he now shares his spirit of prophecy with the whole Christian people through the seventy disciples. Basic to this interpretation is the understanding that bibli- cal prophets are not long-range fortune tellers or pre- dictors of events, but rather interpreters of God's presence among his people in their own time. In this sense every Christian is called to be a prophet, a theme which Luke will also detail in his Acts of Apostles. Prophecy that had ceased with Malachy had now returned with Christianity. Before sending out the seventy disciples, the Lucan Jesus gives them a set of instructions. Such instructions seem to have been common among the Christian Churches for the sending of missionaries. We find them in Mark, Matthew, Luke, and in another early Christian work called the Didache. It is interest- ing how these instructions differ from gospel to gospel and differ still more in the Didache. In the lat- ter book missionaries are called "prophets." This was "m,,ith the ideathat prophecy had returned wi |icoming of Jesus and the.Spirit, If.we read between the lines of the Didache, we conclude that not all these "prophets" were genuine, that soon there were moochers amoni}0em. To separate moochers " from missionaries the rule was this: if they stay more than two days, or three at the most, they are false prophets. If they go into a trance and ask for food or money for themselves, they are false Luke's missionary instructions out as lambs among wolves, a refe cution frequently inflicted upon Christian ies by Jewish and Roman authorities. ies were to live off the land, so to speak. They forbidden purse, bag, or even sandals. nation with which they were expected to preach heal is shown by the command to the way." This seems hardly the way to and influence people. They were to house they entered if they were received The food and drink of that house was also their and drink. Nor were they to move from houset0 house. This rule seems to have precluded ing to the rich and powerful, which was problem in Luke's time. Where the not accepted, they are to say, "Even the clings to our feet, we wipe off against you we see the humanity of z learn gospel. Luke depicts the seventy as having and returning with enthusiasm to report Even demons were subject to them in Since demons were the contemporary various diseases, we translate that they ing to many. The Lucan Jesus sees work of every Christian who knowledgef God to others, as the This, however, is not the reason for asm, for that can lead to sensationalism; for i in staged healings. 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