Luke 19

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • 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 19

Commentary.

The story of Zacchaeus (1-10) —- In Jesus’ time, sinners and tax collectors were two group of people who were despised by Jews. Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector, wealthy and shorty. Luke uses the word “today,” eleven times, indicating that the good news that “God is doing a great thing today.” It was the proclamation of hope. A wealthy man can enter into the kingdom of God. God can make a camel pass through the eye of a needle. (Luke 18:25)

The parable of the ten Mina (11-27) — This parable parallel with the parable of talent in Matthew 25:14-30. Its message was for those who thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. Disciples were called to be trustworthy while they wait for the coming of the kingdom.

The entry into Jerusalem (28-44) —- Prophecy on Jesus’ identity as the Messiah was fulfilled in two events, bringing a colt which was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9, and welcoming in Psalm 118:26. That “Jesus wept over Jerusalem” was his compassion, divine tears, over the sin of the people.

Jesus at the temple (45-48) — Jesus began his ministry in the temple in Jerusalem. He cleansed the temple first, reshaping the purpose of the temple, “a house of prayer,” and he taught in the temple. Two groups of people responded differently. All the people hang on his teaching while chief priest and teachers of the law and the leaders were trying to kill him. His suffering and Passion began.  

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “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.

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