At the very beginning of our gospel today, we see Jesus appointing 72 others who he then sends out in pairs to do ministry. It is very clear from the beginning, even while Jesus was doing his earthly ministry, that ministry was intended to be shared with his followers. If you think about it, many people from Jesus’s own time probably were ministered to by one of Jesus’s followers. I think this reading is a reminder to all of us that we are each called and asked by Jesus to minister to his people. For good or for ill, people’s perception of God’s mercy may very well hinge on how they perceive mercy from his ministers. I think that is why Pope Francis has designated this year as a Year of Mercy; he is giving us some good direction so that a s we go about our daily lives as witnesses to the gospel, we may radiate an authentic reflection of the mercy of God towards others. Let us continue to remember our crucial role as ministers and be a reflection of his mercy first in the world.