Every day, God makes his presence known to us in many different ways.
Some are more profound than others. It may be a simple act of kindness, the beauty that we see in nature, or an answered prayer.
Many times, Jesus acts as a wake-up call to us when we need it most. The Transfiguration was a special event in which God allowed Peter, John, and James to experience His divine glory in a profound way, and it strengthened their faith. When God reveals himself to us in our daily lives, we are called to act as disciples and live out his message. We are called to open up our hearts to those who need it most, to lend a helping hand, and to be good neighbors. When Jesus is seemingly not present in our lives, we are called to open up our eyes and seek him out.
God revealed himself to me throughout the entire retreat through the relationships that I formed and the experience that I had. Jesus himself lived in poverty, homeless, wandering, serving. Those who would volunteer should know that their life might look just that way too.
And it is not the only time Jesus makes such a point.
Later in Luke he will speak of counting the cost of being his disciple and say, among other thing,. Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Of course there is a differently bad way to read this.
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It is too easy for pastors and other church workers to take these passage as an excuse for being shoddy parents or shoddy spouses. But the conversation surely continued offscreen. Surely the man asked for an explanation. Surely Jesus fleshed the point out a little bit. I wonder if it functions for us as a call to more allegiance than we are comfortable with. The final vignette is neither someone promising to follow Jesus nor someone being called.
This one is more a negotiation of terms.
If this person had gotten to know the Apostles, perhaps he or she might have pointed out that back in chapter 4 Peter got to return to his home and see his wife and his sick mother-in-law. I wonder what this person thought about what Jesus said… about following Jesus… about his beloved family back home….
I suspect he or she did. Well, now we know. I still want to follow you.
Back in a minute…. This is a challenging Scripture to preach — especially in a congregation where so many people have endured the death of their children or parents in recent weeks. Your email address will not be published. Luke The text is Luke And now, with those conversations behind him, the talking is done: …he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
The Welcomer Rejected The first thing that happens when Jesus begins his journey to the Cross is that he is rejected.
Jesus, Luke tells us, rebuked them. Jesus just moved on. What did this person feel when Jesus said that? What did this person do next? I wonder if they decided following Jesus was worth the cost?
Jesus says the mission is more important than the funeral. Following Jesus, he seems to tell this person, is more important than family relationships. Later in Luke he will speak of counting the cost of being his disciple and say, among other thing, Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. But we are given just the sound bite. I rather hope so. I wonder if he got to go and proclaim the kingdom of God. Negotiator: Choose the Path The final vignette is neither someone promising to follow Jesus nor someone being called.
I wonder what this person thought about what Jesus said… about following Jesus… about his beloved family back home… I wonder if this person ended up as a follower of Jesus. Hungry for a better way to go deeper with God? If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to my weekly ish newsletter -- I'll send you links to every new article, as well as updates on new projects.