SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 – WEEK TWENTY THREE – THURSDAY – THE DEMANDS OF DISCIPLESHIP

(Luke 6:27-36) Prayer – O Lord, you demand so much but you reward so generously. Imagination – (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.) Context: Jesus does not give these commands to the crowds but to his disciples. He reveals what he expects of them. The demands are high but the reward is even greater. Gospel Text: …

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 – WEEK TWENTY THREE -WEDNESDAY – BLESSINGS AND WOES

(Luke 6:20-26) Prayer – O Jesus, let me seek your ever-abundant blessings. Imagination – (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.) Context: To understand the gospels, look carefully at the audience. When Jesus teaches the crowds, he is inviting them to join his Kingdom. When Jesus teaches his disciples, he explains the mysteries and duties of the …

SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 – WEEK TWENTY THREE – MONDAY – A HEALING ON THE SABBATH

(Luke 6:6-11) Prayer – O Jesus, you have come that I might have life. Imagination: (Picture Jesus in the synagogue curing the man’s withered hand.) Context: Although Jesus heals the man’s withered hand, the healing seems secondary to the confrontation. This reveals the unbelievable lack of compassion of many hearts. Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly …

SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 – WEEK TWENTY TWO – SATURDAY – LORD OF THE SABBATH

(Luke 6:1-5) Prayer – O Jesus, you are God, Lord even of the sabbath. Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples being confronted by the Pharisees). Context: These confrontation stories highlight Jesus’ authority, bring out new aspects of Christian life and most important, reveal Jesus’ identity. This story uses the powerful Sabbath regulation to reveal Jesus’ …

SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 – WEEK TWENTY TWO – FRIDAY – IMAGES OF JESUS’ KINGDOM

(Luke 5:33-39) Prayer – O Jesus, give me faith which accepts your new Covenant. Imagination: (Picture Jesus surrounded by his disciples and his opponents.) Context: In this text, Jesus uses three images, the bridegroom, the new coat and the new wine. They all reveal the new powers of the Kingdom. Jesus’ opponents are holding on …

SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 – WEEK TWENTY TWO – THURSDAY – PETER’S CALL

(Luke 5:1-11) Prayer – O Jesus, call me to serve you. Imagination: (See Peter on his knees before Jesus in the boat.) Context: Peter has witnessed many of Jesus’ miracles but this miracle is unique. Peter is a fisherman. He knows that filling both boats with fish is impossible in the daylight. This is the …

SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 – WEEK TWENTY TWO – WEDNESDAY – HEALING, PRAYING AND TRAVELING

(Luke 4:38-44) Prayer: O Jesus, use your powers for me. Then, I will follow you wherever you go. Imagination: (Picture Jesus healing the sick.) Context: This text manifests Jesus’ great powers but it also shows his desire to avoid the limelight and to preach in other towns to complete his mission. The crowds want Jesus …

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 – WEEK TWENTY TWO – TUESDAY – ASTONISHING POWER

(Luke 4:31-37) Prayer: O Jesus, use your power to cleanse me. Imagination: (Picture Jesus in the synagogue.) Context: Rejected by the people of Nazareth, Jesus establishes his new base at Capernaum. The people receive him and, upon entering the synagogue, he casts out an unclean spirit. The people praise him and spread his fame throughout …