Tuesday 28 September 2021

Today is Tuesday the 28 September, in the 26th week of Ordinary time.


One Hope Project sings, ‘Where the Lord Dwells’.


Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.


Luke 9:51-56

When the days drew near for him 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 towards 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.


In today’s scripture, Jesus and his friends are on their way to Jerusalem. In Luke’s gospel Jerusalem is the end point of Jesus’ ministry, the place of his passion.  At this moment, and unusually for what we hear of Jesus, his focus is not where he physically is.   


We know that the Jews and the Samaritans have a shared hostility but is this what is happening here? The disciples have been taught to see the Samaritans in a different light. Is the rejection because of the destination, or the reason for the journey?  Can you imagine the mood of the travelling companions as they are turned away? Have you felt that kind of rejection yourself? How did you respond?


The disciples are indeed already unhappy with Jesus’ plan and it is perhaps satisfying to threaten their rather theatrical frustration on the villagers than to address the anxieties that they are feeling. 


‘Then they went on to another village.’ As you listen to the scripture again, join with the travellers and experience their mood. What do you learn from Jesus in his responses?


What might you ask the Lord to help you with today? Talk to Jesus about this now as one friend speaks to another.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.