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Luke 9:51-56

The Word of God

When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he 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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    • This passage indicates the hostility between Jews and Samaritans, which was strong in Jesus' time. However, the disciples’ way of dealing with the issue and the Lord’s way differ greatly. The disciples were furious when they were not received in the village of the Samaritans and wanted revenge. Jesus said no.
    • What causes feelings of revenge to enter into me? Do I sometimes feel a desire for revenge on some person, or some group, with whom I cannot resolve my differences? Could I place those feelings before the Lord in silence and pray to become more like Christ in my attitudes?
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    • ‘To go to Jerusalem’ in Saint Luke’s gospel means to go to his passion. The passage indicates the hostility between the Jews and the Samaritans. However, the disciples’ way of dealing with the issue and the Lord’s way differ greatly.
    • In the parable 'The Good Samaritan', the Samaritan is the hero and through it the Lord teaches that everyone is our neighbour and should be treated as such. We all agree with the ideal but most of us struggle with it in practice.
    • Are there groups you have difficulty treating as neighbours? Reflect on them in the light of the Lord’s teaching and example. Discuss the issue with him.
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    • The disciples thought, ‘If only everybody were like us,’ as they asked Jesus to teach a lesson to the obstinate Samaritans. Even as he had set his face to Jerusalem, Jesus recognised how his followers did not understand his heart. Help me, Jesus, to follow you in humility, to seek your way. Let the logic of my head be tempered by the compassion of your heart.
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    • Jesus, you will not be distracted by any setbacks placed before you. Ignite in me the flame of your steadfast spirit so that I may follow you to the end.
    • Lord, when I am rejected, I can be consumed with feelings of anger or revenge. Do not let me give in to these feelings. Instead let me turn away and move on as you do.
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    • James and John are restless, and feel: what is the use of having power if you do not use it on those who reject you? They put words on the angry, vengeful feelings that often stir in us when confronted with wickedness: /Lock them up. Shoot them. Bring back corporal punishment./ That is not your spirit, Lord. You knew the wickedness that awaited you in Jerusalem, but you set your face to meet it.