- 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 Luke 7
Luke begins with two transitional remarks: “When Jesus had finished saying all this (The sermon on the Plain ended), and “he entered Capernaum.” (Geographical move).
The faith of Centurion (1-10) — The centurion was a gentile, military officer. He was a gentile believer living in Jewish territory, representing two worlds, Jew and Gentile. Jesus praised his faith as unmatched in Israel.
Raising the widow’s son at Nain (11-17) — Jesus raised widow’s son from death out of compassion. “God has come to help his people,” (16) was a favorite expression of Luke (1:68, 19:44; Acts 15:14). To Luke it was always an act of grace.
John and Jesus (18-35) —- John sent his disciples to inquire of Jesus because John was imprisoned (Luke 3:20) and had not seen the ministry of Jesus, marked by the Holy Spirit and fire as he prophesied (Luke 3:16). Jesus answered them with what they had seen in his ministry (22), inviting them to respond to what they had seen (32).
Jesus anointed by a sinful woman (36-50) —– A man, named Simon, a Pharisee, and invited Jesus to dinner. How could a sinner come into the Pharisee’ house? Houses at Jesus’ time were built with no tightly secured entrance, and dinning occurred in a reclining position. Pouring the perfume at Jesus feet with tears, wiping them with her hair was an act of repentance, love, faith, and inner hospitality. Her sin was forgiven (48). Simon and the people at the dinner table did not know who Jesus was and they questioned Jesus authority to forgive sin. (49)
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.