Monday, September 26, 2011
Luke 9:51-56 Called to be respectful when spreading the Gospel
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
"Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?"
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.
In this passage we are reminded that although we may wish to spread the good news to all the world, not everyone is willing to listen. It is not our place to scold them or wish bad things upon them for the Lord will provide to them what they need and when they need it. We are called to spread the gospel but also be respectful when people do not accept our message. For it is not us but Christ who makes the gospel known to the world.