At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.
Can we see many aspect of our mothering experience in the Gospel? Like Jesus we send our children out into the world with nothing but what we have taught them, what behaviour we have modeled for them, how we have taught our children to act when in someone home, and what to do when someone doesn't want to be their friend. If we have been successful our children come home telling us of their good future, what good they done in the world. God calls us as mothers to prepare our children as labourers to the harvest. But what of those children who do not take the path we are trying to show them, what of them? Should we shake the dust off our sandals?
And what of ourselves? Do we see anything of our own youth in this Gospel? Like the 72 we are called to be labourers for the harvest. We have paired with our husbands to seek and create the path God has called us to create. Sometimes we have been given hospitality and could say peace upon this house. Other times life seems as if it wants nothing to do with us and we are driven out shaking the dust that cling to our sandals. There is a huge clue here on how to handle not only our children who may not choose the path but also our own reaction to what ever life gives us, whomever we encounter along our way, how we treat those rebellious children. The 72 are told that they are to go to every house and offer peace to those within, and if a peaceful person lives there it will rest on them, if not it the peace the 72 gave will come back to them. This is very important to consider; when someone is troubled than they can not be at peace, and if not at peace they can not receive the peace of Christ; still we are told when ever we give peace that our peace will come back to us. Take a moment and remember when there was a situation or person that needed comfort, it was best to deal with that person as peacefully as possible. To engage in the same emotional pitch only makes the situation worst and resolution takes longer to achieve. Like the 72, we are then told to cure their illness, restoring their peace. The only time that the 72 shake the dust off their sandals is when the town rejects them totally. The rebuke is strong, and sadly there are those times when we must shake off the dust and leave. But it seems that the 72 rarely encounter such times. They return to Jesus flush with all their victories. The going may have been tough and I bet they ran into some challenging situations but they met those knowing that the power of Christ was with them