Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reflection: Luke 9:43b-45

Saturday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time – Luke 9:43b-45

The Gospel today is the continuation of the conversation that Jesus had with his disciples in yesterday’s reading. Jesus tells the apostles to listen up. He knows that the road ahead of him is going to be very difficult and also troubling for his disciples. Jesus is trying to prepare them for what was ahead for all of them. Jesus told the apostles that he would be taken from them but Luke says: “the meaning was hidden from them.” They were not able to comprehend what was ahead of Jesus.

They had been with Jesus on the journey for a long time so they had to be aware of the conflict between Jesus and the Sanhedrin. I wonder what the apostles’ conversation was like after Jesus told them that he would be handed over! Did they have any idea of what would come? Luke says that the meaning was “hidden” from the apostles. And the apostles didn’t want to ask Jesus what he meant.

Jesus must have felt very alone on this journey. I am sure that there have been times in your life when you also felt very alone. At these times let us turn to Jesus who always is with us! Jesus will be there! May we also have the courage to open our hearts to someone we trust. God works through them also!

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