- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence. o
- 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 12:1-34
Warning, Assurance, and Grace are three main words from the teaching of Jesus in this section about the way of discipleship living in difficult times and persecution.
Warning against hypocrisy (1-12) —- “Where do I set my heart?” is the question when challenging time comes against our faith and belief in Jesus Christ. “Do not fear,” is the answer because God knows you all and care for you. This is a call to live in Christian integrity. Verse 10 stands as not only a warning against the unpardonable sin of persistently rejecting the overtures of God’s spirit but also as a word of grace for those who falter under the threat of persecution.
The parable of rich fool (13-21) —– “Where do I seek eternal security?” is the question from this parable. The folly of this rich farmer is this; he preoccupied with possession. He seek security in self-sufficiency. He is greedy to himself only. He believes that pleasure or happiness is the most important goal of life. Lastly, there is no God in his life.
Do not worry (22-34) —- “Therefore, where is your heart,” is a concluding question. God knows our needs, and God provides. “Seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well,” is the life that disciples are called into, as they live in the presence of God, with the provision of God, by the power of God, and with the promise of God.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer…
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Meditate with listening the song, “His eye is on the sparrow.”
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.