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Lesson

7

 The wise, if they are struck, are not willing to stoop to striking back, not because they feel a sense of superiority, but because they wish to prove their loyalty to their highest light. When we hear a harsh word, we let it grind into our consciousness. The remedy is to bring in another thought. The remedy for a weakening thought is to think the opposite thought; overcome evil by good.

Prayers

Heavenly Father, You are the Giver of all good;
Grant unto me a sincere heart and a humble spirit.
Guide me in all things by Your gentle hand,
And bestow upon me the blessing of Your Divine peace.

Blessed are you, creator God; to you be glory and praise for ever! Your Spirit moved over the face of the waters to bring light and life to your creation. Pour out your Spirit on us this day, that we may walk as children of light and by your grace reveal your presence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Blessed be God for ever!
Luke 4:14-30 Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

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Matt 7:21-23 True and False Disciples 

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 


It is necessary to open the deeper side of our nature by patience, humility and obedience before we can take spiritual teaching. That is why the great sages were so insistent in their discipline. Those who cannot bear reprimand show that they are shallow and empty. Discipleship is a very sacred thing and it cannot be given to one who is not fully prepared for it.


Luke 15:1-7The Parable of the Lost Sheep 

Luke 15:8-10The Parable of the Lost Coin

The September 11 Gospel reading tells us that when we go astray God comes after us to bring us back.
Too often we don't recognize or understand His efforts.


What Jesus is saying here is that unless we are ready to let go of things including people nearest to us even our life, we are not capable of following him.


Luke 14:26 New Living Translation 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.


Mark 12:13-17 Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

Jesus tells us God comes first but that we must also tend to our worldly duties.


The cure for suffering


Mark 10:17-31 The Rich and the Kingdom of God

This is one more instance where Jesus asks us to be willing to give up everything possessions, relatives, and even our lives for the sake of the kingdom of God. Having acknowledged that it all belongs to God we get it all back with interest to use joyfully in the service of others.