The passages set down for today are Numbers 28-29 and Luke 6:20-26.
It has been a life time since I have taken time to write a post. The reasons are varied. But it is good to stop and reflect on the words that come from Luke 6. The passage itself has parallels of course to the what is known as the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5 to 7. However, even though some may “hate you when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil “ I cannot say that it is because, under the circumstances due to the “Son of Man”. For me it has been more of a case of other priorities.
Because, let’s face it, the challenge that we read from Jesus, is not about what must be done to enter the Kingdom of heaven, but more what is expected of one who is already in the kingdom of heaven. It is clear that as Jesus speaks his words are for his apostles and disciples.
Jesus sermon calls for the implementation of these ideals coming from Isiah 61:1-2.
Though we may be poor and hungry now, we really are rich because the Kingdom of God belongs to us. Likewise though we may weep and men may hate and insult you, there will come a day when we will laugh and receive a reward in heaven.
Finally, the four woes are worth reflecting on as they turn the tables upside down. How others were treated back then is how people can be expected to be treated in the future. Luke in his gospel continues to concern himself with those who truly hunger and others who are truly wealthy. May this be our concern as we live the gospel.
While it is good to be back posting, many thanks goes to all those who have continued to post in my long absence. More to come over the following days.