The Lectionary gospel text this week is from Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. In it we read that Jesus was making his way to Jerusalem. In the preceding chapter Luke describes Jesus’ mood as resolute. He then sends 70 of his followers ahead of him, with very specific instructions. As I drew some meditative sketches about this scene, I was struck Christ’s care for his followers. He had discerned that the time was right, so deliberately and carefully he sent these people ahead of him and took up a rearguard. I sense the same care of Christ today. The signs of the kingdom of God can be bold and subtle, we need only look, thanking God for each new perspective given to us. Consider the words from the Psalm 139:
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
What a beautiful description of the care of the Lord of the Harvest! Is he not before and behind us today also?
LORD of the Harvest
We are among the first signs of your Kingdom
In your kindness, gentleness and humility
You ready us with great care
That we may receive other people, as you receive us