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Luke 9:51-56

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

Luke 9:51-56
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    • By setting his face toward Jerusalem, Jesus indicates his single-minded determination to fulfil his Father’s will, no matter what it involves. Do I accept in a spirit of Christian trust and hope whatever comes my way in life?
    • Jesus asserts the way of non-violence towards the unwelcoming Samaritans. How does his response compare with my own attitudes towards those who may not accept me for who I am? Am I always aware of God’s protection and guidance in my life, each day and night, in the form of my Guardian Angel?
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    • We may sometimes feel disappointed when others don’t see the world as we do. Jesus did not surrender his vision to the ‘logical’ promptings of the disciples; he simply turned and went on his way.
    • Jesus had his heart set and thus was not deflected by the lack of welcome or tempted to punish. I think of what my heart is set on and ask God to purify my desires and seek the strength I need to persevere.
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    • Here was a bit of standard hostility between a local Samaritan community and some Jewish pilgrims passing by. This may well have been a flash point, where tension broke out, on the route to Jerusalem. In this case, Jesus' disciples reacted to the prejudice with spontaneous rage and perhaps some prejudice of their own.
    • Lord, it is the flash points that test us. These are the moments that trigger murders and wars. I need to learn this: to face down my rising fury, rein in my indignation and let the inflammatory moment pass.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Here was a bit of standard hostility between a local Samaritan community and some Jewish pilgrims passing by. This may well have been a flash point, where tension broke out, on the route to Jerusalem. In this case, Jesus' disciples reacted to the prejudice with spontaneous rage and perhaps some prejudice of their own.
    • Lord, it is the flash points that test us. These are the moments that trigger murders and wars. I need to learn this: to face down my rising fury, rein in my indignation and let the inflammatory moment pass.