Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Tuesday - the way of Christ

Prayer:    Lord Jesus Christ,  Son of God  let Your healing flow down upon us.  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God  let Your healing spring up within us.  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,  let Your healing love enfold us.  Lord Jesus Christ,  Son of God,  let Your healing power flow through us  so that we can serve You all the days of our lives.  Amen.  
(Father Simeon Weare,  Society of the Common Life)

Read  St. Luke  6: 39 – 42

Yesterday  we read about the five topics that we must achieve.  Do not judge,  do not condemn,  forgive always,  give, and generosity above all else.   As Jesus was instructing his disciples on the way of Christianity,  they too must have had troubles with what Jesus was saying as  Jesus expanded on the five topics by telling them a parable.
Jesus told parables not only to illustrate an instruction but frequently to enhance the listeners understanding of what he was teaching.  

Jesus tells the disciples (and us)  three parables.  The first parable is – can a blind man lead a blind man?  The answer is no because both men are blind and can not see and will probably end up falling into a pit.    Jesus is saying to the disciples (and us)  if we don’t work on being whole believers who take the five topics (judging, condemning, forgiving, giving, and generosity)  seriously,  then how can we guide others into the love of God.
The second parable is – a student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.   In order to spread the Good News,  we must have training and instruction on this life in Christ.     If we begin preaching and teaching without training  then we risk loosing people of all ages from the Kingdom of God because we don’t know any better.      
The third parable is – why do we look at the speck in our brothers eye and ask to take out the speck,  but miss the log that sitting in our own eye.  Jesus instructs the disciples to take the log out of their own eye first.   Take out the bad behaviour,  take out the bad attitude,  take out the judging others,  take out the condemning others,  take out not forgiving,  take out the lack of giving of yourself to others,  take out the lack of sharing the Good News of Jesus to others.   
This is a lot to work upon – good thing there is no time limit to the learning of the way of  Christ J

 Prayer:  Lord Jesus Christ,  Son of God,  as we learn more about You through the readings of Scripture  may our hearts expand with love for Your world.  Lord Jesus Christ,  Son of God,  as we meditate more upon Your Words,  may our eyes be open to those who need Your care and Your love in this world.   Amen.

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