New English Translation (NET)
5 Whenever you enter a house, first say, ‘May peace be on this house!’ 6 And if a
peace-loving person is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not,
it will return to you.
I have read this passage many times. The Lord spoke these words to 72 whom He chose to precede Him on His way. Something leaped from the page today which honestly has not done so in the past. This might be because I prayed for Him to open my ears before the Mass began and this was the Gospel reading.
What spoke to me were the words “a . . . person.” Consider the time this took place and the culture. The homes would have multiple generations and countless servants. Some of those servants would have been quite highly trusted and near “family” members. There were, thus, many in the home…
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