1 After 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. 2 He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”
Notes on Luke 10:1-9.
Luke is remembered as a man who was a physician who took up the call to ministry in sharing the good news. This does not necessarily mean that he had a ‘second career’. Like many of the early missionaries and ministers (before the 4th century conversion of Constantine and the establishment of Christendom) Luke probably kept on being a healer while he also devoted himself to ministry. He would also have been supported by the contributions made by the communities which began to gather and to support the life and work of the church, as we do today.