Thought For The Day 10/20/13

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This Is The Word Of The Lord

 Sunday October 20th, 2013

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St Luke

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Luke the Evangelist, author of one of the four Gospels of Jesus Christ, was a Greco-Syrian who lived in the Greek city of Antioch, Syria. He is believed to have authored the “Gospel according to Luke” and the book of “Acts of the Apostles”.

He was a physician and a companion of Paul on some of his missionary journeys, and unlike the other Apostles, Luke was not of the Hebrew faith.  

Luke focused on the human love Christ held for all people, especially sinners and outcasts among the general population such as tax collectors, shepherds and lepers! Luke also holds a more profound place for women in his writings than did Matthew, Mark and John, as today’s Gospel reading proves!

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Today’s Gospel Reading

Luke 17:11-19 NIV  

 

The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge

  

Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. 

He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ 

For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'” 

The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.  Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

 

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What Does Luke Mean?

This parable was intended to stress to His followers the importance of persevering in prayer, despite any fears they may have that an answer may not be forthcoming. You see, Christ intended that they understand that in the end, God will always see that justice is meted out, even when the human part of us doubts!

In this parable, the judge is a rather unsavory character. He certainly did not respect God, nor did he respect any man or woman from his community!  I am certain we all know people who behave just like this, and more often than not, they make us feel not just uncomfortable being around them, but they also make us question our own mind, in the process! But as most good mothers are quick to teach, to respect those around us is good manners, plain and simple! And to respect God? Well, while not exactly a command, it should be! You see, God doesn’t demand from us our love, but to show respect is simply an acceptable way of living! But as far as God is concerned, to be disrespectful of others is an affront to Him and a sin! (Proverbs 14:31 NIV, “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”)

Yes, the lesson reinforces that though the situation may be difficult, if we pray unceasingly, unlike the bad judge, God will hear our prayer and good will triumph! 

Mandy

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2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

Amen.

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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