Thanking People and God – Downtown

daily writing

During Lent, we use short videos to share a daily idea (related to the Gospel of Luke) on how to grow spiritually. Watch today’s video. Click here or on the image below:

To note: We read the whole Gospel of Luke in the GPS. Readings on some days are longer than usual. We hope you’ll have an extra cup of coffee or take advantage of your lunch break to read Luke’s whole story about Jesus.

Humility and Gratitude Luke 17:1-19

1 Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause us to stumble and fall into sin must happen, but they are terrible to him by whom they happen. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into a lake with a large stone hanging around their necks than for one of these little ones to stumble and fall into sin. 3 Take care of yourself! If your brother or sister is sinning, warn them to stop. If they change their hearts and their lives, forgive them. 4 Even if someone commits against you seven times on the same day and comes back to you seven times and says to you, ‘I am changing my way,’ you must forgive him.

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

6 The Lord answered, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to that mulberry tree, ‘Uproot yourself and plant yourself in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

7 “Should any of you say to his servant who has just returned from the field after plowing or grazing the sheep: ‘Come! Do you sit down for dinner? 8 Wouldn’t you say instead, ‘Fix my dinner. Put on the clothes of a servant and serve me while I eat and drink. After that, you can eat and drink’? 9 You won’t thank the servant because the servant did what you asked, will you? 10 Likewise, when you have done all that was asked of you, you will say, ‘We servants deserve no special praise. We only did our duty.

11 On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus walks along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him. Turning away from him, 13 they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!

14 Jesus, seeing them, said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests. When they left, they were purified. 15 One of them, seeing that he was healed, came back and praised God aloud. 16 He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus answered, “Haven’t ten been cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has anyone returned to praise God except this stranger? 19 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.

Reflection Questions

Jesus told his disciples that they should forgive “even if anyone sins against you seven times in one day” (Verse 4; Matthew 18:21-22 says either “seventy-seven times” or “seventy- ten times seven”). In any form, it’s much more forgiving than we naturally do! “Increase our faith!” gasped the disciples. Jesus said faith is not a matter of quantity. He healed ten men of skin diseases when they showed just a little faith.

  • Have you ever feared that Jesus’ words of forgiveness meant that you should be a docile “doormat”? They did not do it. The Gospels show Jesus standing firm against his enemies (eg, driving the money changers out of the Temple—Luke 19:45-46). How can God (and wise human therapists) help us deal with pain or betrayal in a healthier way than refusing to forgive (which hurts us more than others)?
  • On the way to Jerusalem, somewhere near the border between Galilee and Samaria, Jesus met the ten outcasts with skin diseases. Jesus healed and delivered them all, but only one, a “bad” Samaritan, praised God. What experiences or inner obstacles prevent you from feeling gratitude? Are there things you forgot or neglected to thank God for?

Pray

Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I hurt you or someone else without knowing what I was doing. And forgive me for the times I challenged you, or hurt someone else, knowing exactly what I was doing. By your grace, keep me forgiven and forgiving. Amen.


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David H. Henry