October 2019

Sunday 6th October;  Trinity  16:  Luke 17 5-6

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord answered, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Jesus and the other rabbis used very vivid language to get their message across.  There were no notebooks and pens in those days.  The people who listened to Jesus had to remember what they heard.  Jesus was teaching about faith.  He was saying that much of what we think is impossible is possible if we have faith in God,  He never asks anything of us that we cannot achieve if we have faith in him, because he is always there to support and guide us.

Next time God asks you to do something for him or for someone else, just ask him to help you – and he will.


Sunday 13th October:  Trinity 17:  Luke 17 11-19

While Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee.  As He entered one of the villages, He was met by ten lepers. They stood at a distance and raised their voices, shouting, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When Jesus saw them, He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were on their way, they were cleansed. When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back, praising God in a loud voice.  He fell facedown at Jesus’ feet in thanksgiving to Him—and he was a Samaritan. “Were not all ten cleansed?” Jesus asked. “Where then are the other nine?  Was no one found except this foreigner to return and give glory to God?” Then Jesus said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well!”

Today’s story is about gratitude.  To have been cured of leprosy by Jesus was truly life-changing, yet only one of the ten lepers returned to thank him.  True gratitude, of course, does not consist of just saying “Thank you”, as children do when they are learning.  It is feeling so grateful that it almost bursts out of you.

Think about something God has done for you recently.  Really ponder on it until you feel the gratitude pouring out of you in praise to God.


Sunday 20th October:  Trinity 18: Luke 18 1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray at all times and not lose heart: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected men. And there was a widow in that town who kept appealing to him, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God or respect men, yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice. Then she will stop wearing me out with her perpetual requests.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to the words of the unjust judge.  Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help? I tell you, He will promptly carry out justice on their behalf. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

The judge in the story was probably not Jewish but one appointed by Herod or the Romans.  Such judges responded only to bribes.  The widow was powerless in his presence – except for one thing; she was persistent.  The judge was wearied into giving her justice.  This is not a lesson on using prayer to nag God, but to be persistent in our commitment to prayer.  God wants us to rely on him with the whole of our being and so aware of his presence that we respond to it continually.

Are we persistent in prayer, or do we tend to remember God only when we need him?


 Sunday 27th October:  Bible Sunday:  Luke 4 16-24

Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. As was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath. And when He stood up to read, 17the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it was written:

 “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

Then He rolled up the scroll, returned it to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him, and He began by saying, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” All spoke well of Him and marvelled at the gracious words that came from His lips. “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” they asked. Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’” Then He added, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown

Today, Bible Sunday, we are reminded of the importance of bible reading.  In that passage, Jesus read one of the prophesies about himself.  He explained that he was the Messiah about whom the prophets had spoken centuries before.  The more we read our bibles, the more we shall learn about who Jesus was, what he did for us, and continues to do ow.  It is interesting that, unlike other books, however often we read from the bible with open minds we learn something we hadn’t known before.

This week, read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 verses 11-24.  Do you notice anything you hadn’t noticed before?  What does it tell you?


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