Luke 24:1-12

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Looking For the Living One in a Cemetery

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1-3 At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.

4-8 They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

9-11 They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn’t believe a word of it, thought they were making it all up.

12 But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb. He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that’s all. He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.

Lectio Divina

Read – read the passage carefully, paying attention to the various characters and their responses to the events of the story.

Think – Which disciple or follower of Jesus do you most identify with in this passage? What is it about that person that reminds you of yourself?
     Read the passage again, this time putting yourself in that person’s position. What are your thoughts and feelings as you hear that Jesus is alive again? What runs through your mind as you see others’ response? What do you wonder about? Where do you go when you hear the news?  What questions do you have?

Pray – Now picture the risen Jesus approaching you later that day, inviting you to spend time with him. How do you interact with him? What do you say? Talk to him about what all of this has been like for you.

Live – Reflect on your prayer time. You might again consider the person in the story you hose and why, or you could think about how your understanding of faithfulness and discipleship was deepened or changed. Write down anything that seems significant.

Lectio Divina study is taken from The Message: Solo by Eugene Peterson.

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Luke 17:11-19

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Returning to Say Thank You

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11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”

They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.

17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”

Lectio Divina

Read – Read the passage, focusing especially on the questions Jesus asks.

Think – Not only are lepers deformed by their disease, but Old Testament law also excludes them from community with others. Ten men come to Jesus with this horrific skin disease. These men are physical and relational outsiders. When Jesus heals them, he also helps restore them to their communities.
    When have you felt like an outsider and then experienced god’s restoring you to community with others an with God’s self? Do you tend o be like the nine, who asked for God’s help and didn’t return, or are you like the one who returned to say thank you, and why?
     Think about your last several requests to God in prayer. Have you turned around and come back, shouting your gratitude for how he has answered your request and bless you in the process? Why or why not? What need to happen in your life for you to remember to return when God answers your prayers?

Pray – Make this prayer time one of intentional thankfulness. Consider your recent requests to God (being specific). Return now and thank God for answering those requests, big and small.

Live – every time you make a request, turn around and shout your gratitude.

Lectio Divina study is taken from The Message: Solo by Eugene Peterson