Ord. Wk 26th: Tuesday,  Tuesday, 3rd October,2017  (Lk 9:51-56)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Following Jesus: In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ disciples were rejected by the Samaritans. This reminds us of the challenges we should expect, if we are to follow Jesus.  Never misuse our spiritual positions of authority to “chastise” people who oppose us or are not hospitable to us.  Pray for the wisdom  to persevere with humility when serving Jesus.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely turned his face towards Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. 

Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’ But he turned and rebuked them, and they went on to another village. 

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • As Jesus was setting out for Jerusalem, He was aware that the “time” of his Sufferings, Passion and Death has begun. People were already beginning to reject Him. 

  • Jesus took all these rejections as part of fulfilling His Father’s Will.  He knew and was determined not to be distracted and discouraged by these rejections.

  • When we serve God in our lives, do we get discouraged easily and even give up when faced with oppositions and obstacles?