- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Today’s Scripture— Luke 6:1-26
Two Sabbath conflicts (1-11) — The Pharisees confronted Jesus for what his disciples did unlawful things on the Sabbath, picking grain and eating it. They remembered the Law of Moses (Exodus 20:1; Deuteronomy 5:12-14). Jesus defended his disciples with a precedent from the life of King David (1 Samuel 21:1-6) because of extreme human need, hunger that made a claim prior to the law.
The Pharisees accused Jesus of healing the shriveled man on the Sabbath. The Pharisees’ concern was keeping the law for its own sake. However, Jesus’ concern was saving the life. Jesus asserted that he was superior to Sabbath laws and he could determine where, when, and how they applied.
Sabbath rest is God’s law for life-giving, life-saving, life restoring, by remembering God. We can live it out today by asking “what will I do, do good or do evil, to save life or to destroy it? (9), rather than asking, “what can or can’t I do on Sabbath day?” because Jesus is the Lord of Sabbath. We follow his teaching.
The twelve apostles (12-16) —- All Synaptic gospels recorded Jesus’ choosing twelves (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:14-19; Luke 6:12-16). Jesus called them “apostles” meaning sent out. Not only is the name apostle important for Luke but so also is the number twelve, symbolic for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Blessings and Woes (17-26) — This section is parallel with Beatitude in Matthew 5:1-12, known as Sermon on the Mount. Luke’s sermon is given on a level place. The crowd on the level place was made up of three groups: the apostles, the disciples, and the people who came from as far as Jerusalem and Judea (Jewish) to the south and Tyre and Sidon(Gentiles) to the north. Luke pointed that Jesus’ ministry were for all.
In contrast to the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, nine “blessed”, Luke recorded four “blessed,” and four “woe.” We may ask which one is genuine or is more close to original Jesus’ sermon? Matthew was one of eye-witnessed disciples of Jesus. Luke wrote “what were handed down to him by those who from the first were eye-witnesses,” (Luke 1:1-3). Luke must have recorded Jesus’ sermon to be relevant to his faith community of the lost, the last, and the least.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
- Live it out through the day.