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Two by Two


Jesus appointed seventy[-two] disciples and sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit (Lk 10:1). According to tradition, these seventy-two whom Jesus selected and trained became bishops or presbyters in various Churches.

Why Jesus initially sent them two by two? The disciples in training would get mutual support when they minister as a team of two. Jesus sent the apostles also two by two at the initial stage (Mk 6:7). They could mutually consult on the teachings of Jesus and complement one another in the preaching. In case of challenges or persecution, they could console and gain strength from one another. Like John the Baptist, these 72 disciples prepared the people to receive Jesus and his message.

There are other instances in the Bible when two people were sent out as a team for a mission. God assigned Moses and Aaron together to approach Pharaoh for Israel’s liberation. Though Moses was the leader, he was “slow of speech and tongue” (Ex 4:10). So, God gave Aaron as a spokesperson for Moses (Ex 4:14- 16).

John the Baptist sent two disciples to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (Lk 7:18-19)

Jesus sent two disciples to get the donkey for his solemn entry into Jerusalem for the feast of Passover (Mt 221:1-2).

After a few days, he sent Peter and John to prepare the Passover meal for him and the disciples (Lk 22:8).

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