GOSPEL of LUKE
Seventeen and Eighteen
And shall God not vindicate his own chosen ones
who cry to him day and night, even though he seem to wait for long?
But when the Son of Man comes will he find faith on earth?
OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Jesus said to his disciples, "It is impossible that snares to sin
should not arise; but woe to him through whom they do arise! It
would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea rather than that he should cause
one of these little ones to trip up.
"Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him; and
if he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times
in the day, and if seven times he turns to you, saying, 'I repent,'
you must forgive him." The apostles said to the Lord, "Give us also
faith!" The Lord said, "If you have faith as a grain of mustard
seed, you would say to this sycamore tree, 'Be rooted up and be
planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. "If any of you has a
slave ploughing or watching the flock, and the slave comes in from
the field, will he say to him, 'Come at once and take your place
at table'; or rather, will he not say to him, 'Get ready my evening
meal, and gird yourself and serve me, until I eat and drink, and
after that you shall eat and drink yourself'? Does he thank a servant
because he has done what he was ordered to do? Even so, you too,
when you have done everything you were ordered to do, say, 'We are
unworthy servants. We have done what it was our duty to do.'"
THE RARITY OF GRATITUDE
When Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, he was going along between
Samaria and Galilee; and, as he entered a village, ten lepers, who
stood far off, met him. They lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus,
Master, have pity upon us." When he saw them, he said, "Go, and
show yourselves to the priests."
And as they went they were cleansed. One of them when he saw that
he was cured, turned back, glorifying God with a great voice. He
fell on his face at Jesus' feet and kept on thanking him. And he
was a Samaritan. Jesus said, "Were the ten not cleansed? The nine
- where are they? Were none found to turn back and give glory to
God except this foreigner?"
And he said to him, "Rise and go! Your faith has made you well."
THE SIGNS OF HIS COMING
When Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was
coming, he answered them, "The kingdom of God does not come with
signs that you can watch for; nor will they say, 'Look here!' or
'Look there!' For - look you - the kingdom of God is within you."
He said to his disciples, "Days will come when you will long to
see one of the days of the Son of Man and you will not see it. And
they will say to you, 'Look there! Look here!' Do not depart, and
do not follow them. For, as the flashing lightning lights up the
sky from one side to another, so shall be the Son of Man in his
day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this
generation. Even as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in
the days of the Son of Man. They were eating, they were drinking,
they were marrying, and they were being given in marriage, until
the day on which Noah entered the ark and the flood came and wiped
them all out. In the same way, so it was in the days of Lot. They
were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling,
they were planting, they were building, but, on the day on which
Lot went out of Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from heaven and
wiped them all out. It will be the same on the day on which the
Son of Man is revealed. If, on that day, anyone is on the housetop,
and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them.
In the same way, if anyone is in the field, let him not turn back.
Remember Lot's wife! Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will preserve it alive. This is the truth I
tell you - on that night there will be two in one bed. One will
be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding
together. One will be taken and the other left." They said to him,
"Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there the vultures
will be gathered together."
UNWEARIED IN PRAYER
Jesus spoke a parable to them to show that it is necessary always
to pray and not to lose heart. "There was a judge," he said, "in
a town who neither feared God nor respected man. There was a widow
in the same town who kept coming to him and saying, 'Vindicate me
against my adversary.' For some time he refused. But afterwards
he said to himself, 'Even though I neither fear God nor respect
man, because she bothers me, I will vindicate this widow, lest by
her constant coming she exhausts me.'" The Lord said, "Listen to
what the unjust judge says. And shall God not vindicate his own
chosen ones who cry to him day and night, even though he seem to
wait for long? But when the Son of Man comes will he find faith
THE SIN OF PRIDE
spoke this parable to some who were self-confidently sure that they
were righteous and who despised others. "Two men went up to the
Temple to pray. The one was a Pharisee, the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'O God, I thank
thee that I am not as the rest of men, thieves, unjust, adulterers,
or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give a tenth
of all that I get.' The tax-collector stood afar off, and would
not lift even his eyes to heaven, and kept beating his breast and
said, 'O God, be merciful, to me - the sinner.' I tell you, this
man went down to his house accepted with God rather than the other,
because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who
humbles himself will be exalted."
MASTER AND THE CHILDREN
People were bringing
even their babies to Jesus that he might touch them. When the disciples
saw it they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him saying, "Let
the little children come to me, and don't stop them, for of such
is the kingdom of God. This is the truth I tell you - whoever does
not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall not enter
MAN WHO WOULD NOT PAY THE PRICE
asked Jesus, "Good teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? There is none good
except one - God. You know the commandments - do not commit adultery,
do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honour your
father and your mother." He said, "From my youth I have kept all
these." When Jesus heard that, he said to him, "You still lack one
thing. Sell everything you have and distribute it to the poor, and
you will have treasure in heaven. And come! Follow me!" When he
heard these things he was very sad, because he was exceedingly rich.
When Jesus saw him he said, "How hard it is for those who have riches
to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom
of God." Those who heard him said, "And who can be saved?" He said,
"The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
Peter said, "Look you - we have left our private possessions and
have followed you." He said to them, "This is the truth I tell you
- there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brother, or parents
or children for the sake of the kingdom of God who will not get
it all back many times over in this time, and, in the age that is
coming, eternal life."
took the Twelve and said to them, "Look you - we are going up to
Jerusalem, and everything that was written through the prophets
about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to
the gentiles; and he will be mocked and cruelly treated; and spat
upon; and they will scourge him and kill him; and on the third day
he will rise again." But they did not understand these things; this
word was hidden from them; and they did not grasp what was being
MAN WHO WOULD NOT BE SILENCED
was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the wayside
begging. When he heard the crowd passing through he asked what it
meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He shouted,
"Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" Those who were going on
in front rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he cried all
the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stood, and ordered
him to be brought to him. When he had come near he asked him, "What
do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive
my sight." Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has
made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed
him glorifying God, and, when the people saw it, they all gave praise
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