- 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 13
Chapter 13 is composed of Jesus’ teaching and healing on his way to Jerusalem.
The call to repentance (1-9) —- “who is to blame for this tragedy?” is a question based on cause and effect or on black and white perspective. Jesus’ answer was based on higher perspective than that. The people who were killed by Pilot and by the falling down of Siloam tower represented innocent victims by an act of human evil and natural evil. “Unless you repent, you too will all perish,” calls for living in repentance. Without repentance all is lost anyway.
The parable of unfruitful fig tree teaches God’s grace, and patience for all to repent.
Controversy over a Sabbath healing (12-17) —- The synagogue ruler’ concern was to keep the law and tradition. However, Jesus’ concern was to heal the life, setting free a woman from the hand of Satan for 18 years. Two different responses came for Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath day. The opponents were humiliated but the people were delighted. This story revealed who Jesus was and what he was sent for.
Two parables of the Kingdom of God (18-21) —- Jesus made a point of his teaching in these two parables of mustard seed and yeast. The kingdom of God is the life, though small and invisible, that has God given potential and power to grow to fruitfulness.
The narrow gate (22-30) —- “Are only a few people going to be saved?” There are two pictures contrast to each other, narrow gate (24) and open feast in the kingdom of God. (29). Jesus answers that the invitation is open and demands more than casual interests, and the opportunity is not open forever. Response with Kairos (time as opportunity) is Jesus’ teaching. God wants all to be saved and to the knowledge of God (1 Timothy 2:4), but few are chosen to the feast (Matthew 22:14).
Sorrow for Jerusalem (31-35) —– On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus was being threatened by Herod. Fox was viewed destructively cleaver in the Bible. Jesus was not neither intimidated nor deterred by the threat because he worked under the divine imperative, “I must go on my way.”(33). Jesus revealed his calling and purpose that God sent him for, completing God salvation for the world.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer…
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Who is Jesus to you?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.