Newsletter for Sunday 9 October 2016

7 Oct

PONDERING THE WORD OF GOD

We often associate “the peripatetic” with Aristotle (+ 322BC) who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.  Luke’s gospel portrays Jesus also adopting the “peripatetic style” as he taught his disciples, and the crowds who followed him, as he made his way to Jerusalem.

This Sunday’s story of the Ten Lepers has lessons which must be learned by us as we journey through life, endeavouring to proclaim Jesus and our faith in him. Combining two stories – Jesus healing ten lepers (vv 11-14) and the return of the grateful Samaritan who thereby earned Jesus’ praise and salvation (vv 15-19) – Luke instructs us and encourages us:

  1. To seek and pray for mercy: “Jesus, Master ! Have mercy on us” ( – Kyrie, eleison! Christe, eleison! Kyrie, eleison! )
  2. To come before the priests to seek reconciliation “Go and show yourself to the priests”. (Please read Leviticus 14,  Romans 14:11-12, 1 John 1:9 & James 5:16)
  3. To come before Jesus, the divine Son of God in humble prayer: humbly falling on our knees in reverence, praise and thanksgiving to Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

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