Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 17, 2013

Today's Reading: Luke 17:1-19

On which shoulder are you standing?
What does it mean to have faith?  Here, Luke begins to cover a wide group of scenarios.

Jesus mentions that we shouldn't be the ones leading others astray.  Peer pressure seems especially bad if we're the peers exerting the pressure!

And so the disciples ask for greater faith.

Jesus then mentions having faith the size of a mustard seed (very small in this context) and then tells a story about a servant.  Faith seems to be more about discipline than great deeds.

Our discipline may show in our gratitude.  The Samaritan leper (a surprise here) is the one that returns to give thanks for being made well.  Jesus states that his faith has healed him.  Is healing is more than a restoration into society?  Could healing come when we adopt gratefulness as a regular part of life?

If we show a life of thankfulness rather than assume we are owed everything, maybe this is what keeps little ones under our influence from tripping and falling into sin.

For what are you grateful today?

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