this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The
harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the
harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am
sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no
sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace
will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same
house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to
be paid. Do not move about from house to house.
Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before
you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come
near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out
into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet,
we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come
near.’ I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for
• Have I ever experienced the tranquillity of spirit in peace?
• What is Christian peace for me? Does it not come from
knowing that Jesus loves me endlessly?