Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-two

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Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-two

  • After this the Lord chose another seventy-two men and sent them out, two by two, to go ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go.
  • He said to them: “There is a great harvest, but few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out more workers to

Some manuscripts add as Elijah did.

Some manuscripts add and said: “You don’t know what kind of a Spirit you belong to; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”


  • Go! I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
  • Don’t take a purse, or a beggar’s bag, or shoes; don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.
  • Whenever you go into a house, first say, ‘Peace be with this house.’
  • If a peace-loving man lives there, let your greeting of peace remain on him; if not, take back your greeting of peace.
  • Stay in that same house, eating and drinking whatever they offer you; for a worker should be given his pay. Don’t move around from one house to another.
  • Whenever you go into a town and are made welcome, eat what is set before you,
  • heal the sick in that town, and say to the people there, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near you.’
  • But whenever you go into a town and are not welcomed, go out into the streets and say,
  • ‘Even the dust from your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you; but remember this, the Kingdom of God has come near you!’
  • I assure you that on Judgment Day God will show more mercy to Sodom than to that town!”

The Unbelieving Towns

  • “How terrible it will be for you, Chorazin! How terrible for you too, Bethsaida! If the miracles which were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would long ago have sat down, put on sackcloth, and sprinkled ashes on themselves, to show that they had turned from their sins!
  • God will show more mercy on Judgement Day to Tyre and Sidon that to you.
  • And as for you, Capernaum! Did you want to lift yourself up to heaven? You will be thrown down to hell!”
  • Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

The Return of the Seventy-two

  • The Seventy-two men came back in great joy. "Lord," they said, "even the demons obeyed us when we gave them a command in your name!"
  • Jesus answered them: "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
  • Listen! I have given you authority, so that you can walk on snakes and scorpions, and overcome all the power of the Enemy, and nothing will hurt you.
  • But don't be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven."

Jesus Rejoices

  • At that same time Jesus was filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, and said: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned. Yes, Father, this was how you wanted it to happen.


  • "My Father has given me all things. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
  • Then Jesus turned to the disciples and said to them privately, "How fortunate you are to see the things you see!
  • I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, but they could not, and to hear what you hear, but they did not.”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

  • A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
  • Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?”
  • The man answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ ”
  • “You are right,” Jesus replied; “do this and you will live.”
  • But the teacher of the Law wanted to put himself in the right, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?”
  • Jesus answered, A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when robbers attacked him, stripped him and beat him up, leaving him half dead.
  • It so happened that a priest was going down that road; when he saw the man he walked on by, on the other side.
  • In the same way a Levite also came along, went over and looked at the man and then walked on by, on the other side.
  • But a Samaritan who was travelling that way came upon the man, and he saw him, his heart was filled with pity.
  • He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.
  • The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Take care of him,' he told the innkeeper, 'and when I come back this way I will pay you back whatever you spend on him.'
  • And Jesus concluded, "Which one of these three seems to you to have been a neighbour to the man attacked by the robbers?"
  • The teacher of the Law answered, "The one who was kind to him."

Jesus replied, "You go, then, and do the same." Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

  • As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him in her home.
  • She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the feet of the Lord and listened to his teaching.
  • Martha was upset over all the work she had to do; so she came and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”
  • The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things,
  • but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her.”