Let It Go...To Let It Grow

September 28, 2014

Whomever I am with I am their neighbor.

Today's Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

Daily Scripture Readings & Reflections

  1. Sunday: Luke 10:25-28; Common English Bible (CEB) A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to gain eternal life?" Jesus replied, "What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?" He responded, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus said to him, "You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live."
    Reflection: What does it mean for you to love God with your whole being?  Why do you think that Jesus linked loving God, loving neighbor and loving self together?  How might practicing this teaching of Jesus transform your life?  How might it transform the life of your neighbor? How might it transform the world one person, one family, one community at a time?
    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor
  2. Monday: Luke 10:29; Common English Bible (CEB) But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
    Reflection: How would you respond to the question, "Who is my neighbor?"
    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor
  3. Tuesday: Luke 10:30-32; Common English Bible (CEB) Jesus replied, "A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. Likewise, a Levite came by that spot, saw the injured man, and crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way.
    Reflection: Close your eyes and sit quietly for a few moments. Imagine this scene. You are walking down a deserted road and suddenly you notice just ahead of you a man lying in the road, stripped naked. It's obvious that he has been beaten badly. What thoughts are going through your head? What feelings are running through your body? Has there been a time in your life when you drove by or walked away from someone in need of help? Why? What kept you from offering a helping hand?  Reflecting back on that situation, would you respond differently today?
    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor
  4. Wednesday: Luke 10:33; Common English Bible (CEB) A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion.
    Reflection: Our biblical story tells us that a Samaritan was "moved with compassion" for the naked and beaten man he encountered on his journey.  Think of a time when you were moved with compassion for a stranger you encountered on your life's journey.  How did you respond?  Did this experience change you?  If so, how?
    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor
  5. Thursday: Luke 10:34; Common English Bible (CEB) The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him.
    Reflection: Someone once wrote, "Be kind to everyone you meet because everyone is carrying a burden."  Another way of saying this is that everyone is wounded in some way. What are some simple gifts of kindness you could offer to people you encounter in your everyday life?
    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor
  6. Friday: Luke 10:35-36; Common English Bible (CEB) The next day, he took two full days' worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, 'Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.' What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?"
    Reflection: Spend some time reflecting on the story Jesus told about the good Samaritan. Put yourself in the innkeeper's place.  How might your life have been changed by witnessing the compassion and generosity of the Samaritan for this wounded man?
    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor
  7. Saturday: Luke 10:37; Common English Bible (CEB) Then the legal expert said, "The one who demonstrated mercy toward him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
    Reflection: Having experienced the story of the good Samaritan, how would you answer the question, "Who is my neighbor?"  Having witnessed the acts of kindness and compassion offered by the Samaritan, what does it mean for you to now "Go and do likewise"? Does your compassion extend to the priest, to the Levite, to yourself?
    Breath Prayer: Inhale: Whomever I am with...Exhale: I am their neighbor

 

Speaker: Dave Norman