- 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 17
“Jesus said to his disciples” (v.1) indicates that Jesus’ saying in verses 1-10 was addressed to his own disciples. There are four independent sayings about living in discipleship;
On sin (1-2) — Do not be a hindrance to the discipleship of others (little one).
On forgiveness (3-4) — Rebuke those who sin, and forgive all who ask your forgiveness.
On faith (5-6) —- Live with the power of faith.
On serving (7-10) —- Serve God with humility rather not with self-righteousness.
Ten healed of leprosy (11-19) —- Jesus passed Samaria on his way to Jerusalem, way to his passion. Jews and Samaritans did not associated with each other out of their historical experiences. But this story tells that lepers, either Jews or Samaritan, were grouped together. Jesus’ healing of ten lepers revealed his messianic power and his mission to heal the sick. Only Samaritan leper returned to express gratitude and Jesus made him well (19). The verb translated “made well,” is the same word often translated “to be saved.” Ten lepers were healed but only one leper, Samaritan, was saved. Gratitude made them different from each other.
Concerning the kingdom and the coming Son of Man (20-37) — In this apocalyptic (concerning the completion or the end) address, Jesus taught three things, the coming of kingdom; Parousia (the second coming Jesus, as Son of Man), and our response.
The kingdom of God is the reign of God, ruled by God. It is among people when they experience the power of God. The presence of Jesus is the presence of the kingdom. Parousia is certain, according to Jesus’ own word, but uncertain as to when. Therefore our response is to be alert spiritually.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer…
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Reflection on spiritual alertness in your daily life.
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.