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 24:
"Not peace, but a sword"
“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||Jesus instructs His disciples about what to expect on their first missionary outreach. He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal. The followed instructions on how to live and deal with others they encountered.|
|10||Jesus fully disclosed the trouble they would experience, the persecutions and other events that might cause them to be afraid.|
|11||Now the most unusual part of it all--He tells the preachers He did not intend to bring peace but a sword. Part of that meant that ordinary familial loyalties would be threatened to the point family members would be at odds with each other, and dangerously so.|
|12||Following Jesus means taking up the cross, a terrible symbol of death and execution.|
|13||Then came the great paradox: real life comes in losing life.|
|14||We will spend our lives learning what this means, and the time spent in doing so is time well spent.|
|15||Consider your life and what about it is to follow Jesus and take up His cross.|