Hear The Word read aloud twice Luke 10:1-20
2. Meditatio: What is The Word for me? Voice words and phrases from the gospel text aloud.
What does The Word make me want to say to God or to others? You are invited to make a statement or prayer
The Pax Romana was a great and glorious time for the elite few. For the rest of the world, it was a time of fear and trial. There are voices in our world who want to restore British sovereignty or “make America great again.” These movements will, without a doubt, benefit elite subsets in each nation. But, as Christians, we are called not to ask whether we will be on the side that benefits from or suffers from this imposed greatness. Rather, we are called to ask how to serve the only Great One, who sends us “like lambs into the midst of wolves” to bring a different kind of peace.
God’s peace is a peace founded on life, rather than death. On relationship, rather than enmity. On engaging in and accepting mutual hospitality, rather than building walls of division.
– Rev. Amy Allen
Jesus continues by counseling his advance team to practice the gift economy: “Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals…” (10.4). What a scandal this is to our global capitalist system of scarcity and debt! They/we are simply to trust that there will be people of “peace” who will provide food and shelter for wandering strangers, like Abraham and Sarah did (Gen 18.1-8; cf. Hebrews 13.1-2). The disciples are expected to announce that they come in the name of peace, offering it to those whose houses they enter (Lk 10.5). If there is no one of peace there, the disciples must themselves, however, remain “children of peace” (10.6, Gk, huios eirēnēs).
– Sue Ferguson
“As Christian’s we tend to think that evangelism is really hard…Jesus shared the gospel in a relaxed manner, he didn’t harass or harangue people so neither did he expect his disciples to… A person of peace is someone who welcomes you, receives you, listens to you, serves you, responds to you… The invigorating thing about the Person of Peace strategy is that it stops mission being yet another thing we cram into our busy lives… it can easily become life giving even for those of us who are reserved.”
– Mike Breen
4.Contemplatio / Vocatio :
Rest in The Word. Silent reflection.What does The Word call me do or be?
Marcus framed the Psalm with a short intro. on the witness of holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Weisel who died this week and the Hebrew Bible story of the healing of Naaman the Syrian…