- 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: 27-49
Luke’s collections of Jesus’ saying in Luke 6:27-49 is his Sermon on the Plain, paralleled with the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7.
On love of enemies (27-36) — “Love your enemies,” is a dominant theme here and it opens the series of instruction. Verses 27-31 lays down the general principle of Jesus’ teaching on love the enemies. This teaching assume that the listeners were victims, not victimizers. Verse 31 is the Golden Rule of life. Verses 32-36 are teaching of Christian behavior and relationship that is prompted by the God we worship who does not react but act in love and grace toward all. This is what it means to be children of God. Love of enemy calls for living under the reign of God, by the kingdom principle of love, forgiveness, and generosity.
On judging (37-42) —- Judgementalism is one thing, and sound judgment is another. Jesus’ teaching on judging others transcends both. Jesus taught kingdom principles in dealing with inequities and injustice, in which justice and mercy must always be in tension. Without justice and fairness, grace degenerates into permissiveness, just as justice without grace hardens into cruelty. The points of parable of blinded leader and speck and plank in the eyes are warning of unwillingness to be self-critical and honest with oneself, and of looking always to others while never looking at oneself.
On integrity (43-45) —- Integrity is what one is, what one does, and what one says are inseparable. Luke extended it to spiritual integrity in the book of Acts that our speech reveals who we are and whether the Holy Spirit is present.
On hearing and doing (46-49) — Luke recorded that Jesus concluded his teachings into discipleship for anyone who would follow him. Faith confession, no matter how exuberant, when unaccompanied by obedience would not hold one’s life when the storms hit. The difference between interested listeners and obedient disciples will be evident. The storm is not the point of attention but the house is.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Reflect on “what can I practice “do not judge,” today?
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
- Live it out through the day.