GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD:
Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.
So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.
GOSPEL MEDITATION 23:
"The Disciple will be like the Teacher"
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.” (ESV)
|1||Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.|
|2||Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.|
|3||Say the Lord's Prayer.|
|4||Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer.|
|5||Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.|
|6||Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.|
|8||From memory, determine the central points.|
|9||Our passage follows Jesus' sending out of the Twelve to preach, cast out demons, and heal. Jesus then warned his disciples that they would face persecution, as they are like sheep amidst wolves.|
|10||A disciple is not above the teacher as a servant is not above the master, meaning that what happens to Jesus would happen to the Twelve as well. Soon they would witness his betrayal, arrest, fraudulent trail, beating, and crucifixion.|
|11||Full disclosure is common to Jesus in preparing for the disciples' future work; they would have no visions of glory, wealth, and power. Of course, what Jesus said to his disciples then applies to his followers down through the ages.|
|12||Some of the religious leaders attributed Jesus' miracles to the power of the devil, because otherwise, they would have to admit that God was with him and that he was indeed the Messiah.|
|13||Can we expect the same? Martin Luther learned from Jesus and wrote A Mighty Fortress is our God. Study it carefully and meditate on the words of that great hymn:|
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe –
His craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus it is He –
Lord Sabaoth His name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph thro’ us.
The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him –
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure:
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also –
The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still:
His kingdom is forever.
Last Update: 2016-09-01 12:11