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Day 319 – Come, Follow Me


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read how seriously Jesus took sin. If you picture a millstone it is big and heavy and will crush whatever is underneath it into powder. Imagine you will have this millstone tied around your neck and being thrown into the water. You would sink very quickly. It is important that we rid of our sins.

We also read about Jesus cleaning ten lepers. Only one of the ten, who was a Samaritan, comes back to give him thanks. The Samaritans were outcasts of society back then. It didn’t matter to Jesus, he gave him grace and healing regardless the leper was.

A rich ruler comes to ask Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to follow the commandments, sell what he has and give the money to the poor, and, lastly, to follow him. The ruler went away sad. It is just not enough to obey the commandments but to give away everything and follow him as well.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Luke 17

1 He said to his disciples, ‘Causes of falling are sure to come, but alas for the one through whom they occur!

2 It would be better for such a person to be thrown into the sea with a millstone round the neck than to be the downfall of a single one of these little ones.

3 Keep watch on yourselves! ‘If your brother does something wrong, rebuke him and, if he is sorry, forgive him.

4 And if he wrongs you seven times a day and seven times comes back to you and says, “I am sorry,” you must forgive him.’

5 The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’

6 The Lord replied, ‘If you had faith like a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.

7 ‘Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal at once”?

8 Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper ready; fasten your belt and wait on me while I eat and drink. You yourself can eat and drink afterwards”?

9 Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told?

10 So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are useless servants: we have done no more than our duty.” ‘

11 Now it happened that on the way to Jerusalem he was travelling in the borderlands of Samaria and Galilee.

12 As he entered one of the villages, ten men suffering from a virulent skin-disease came to meet him. They stood some way off

13 and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’

14 When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed.

15 Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice

16 and threw himself prostrate at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan.

17 This led Jesus to say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they?

18 It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’

19 And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’

20 Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was to come, he gave them this answer, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation

21 and there will be no one to say, “Look, it is here! Look, it is there!” For look, the kingdom of God is among you.’

22 He said to the disciples, ‘A time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of man and will not see it.

23 They will say to you, “Look, it is there!” or, “Look, it is here!” Make no move; do not set off in pursuit;

24 for as the lightning flashing from one part of heaven lights up the other, so will be the Son of man when his Day comes.

25 But first he is destined to suffer grievously and be rejected by this generation.

26 ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of man.

27 People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the Flood came and destroyed them all.

28 It will be the same as it was in Lot’s day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,

29 but the day Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and it destroyed them all.

30 It will be the same when the day comes for the Son of man to be revealed.

31 ‘When that Day comes, no one on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe.

34 I tell you, on that night, when two are in one bed, one will be taken, the other left;

35 when two women are grinding corn together, one will be taken, the other left.’

36 * [17:36] The inclusion of Lk 17:36, “There will be two men in the field; one will be taken, the other left behind,” in some Western manuscripts appears to be a scribal assimilation to Mt 24:40. (USCCB)

37 The disciples spoke up and asked, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said, ‘Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather.’

Luke 18

1 Then he told them a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart.

2 ‘There was a judge in a certain town,’ he said, ‘who had neither fear of God nor respect for anyone.

3 In the same town there was also a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, “I want justice from you against my enemy!”

4 For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himself, “Even though I have neither fear of God nor respect for any human person,

5 I must give this widow her just rights since she keeps pestering me, or she will come and slap me in the face.” ‘

6 And the Lord said, ‘You notice what the unjust judge has to say?

7 Now, will not God see justice done to his elect if they keep calling to him day and night even though he still delays to help them?

8 I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done speedily. But when the Son of man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’

9 He spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being upright and despised everyone else,

10 ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector.

11 The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like everyone else, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here.

12 I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.”

13 The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

14 This man, I tell you, went home again justified; the other did not. For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, but anyone who humbles himself will be raised up.’

15 People even brought babies to him, for him to touch them; but when the disciples saw this they scolded them.

16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.

17 In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’

18 One of the rulers put this question to him, ‘Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’

19 Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.

20 You know the commandments: You shall not commit adultery; You shall not kill; You shall not steal; You shall not give false witness; Honour your father and your mother.’

21 He replied, ‘I have kept all these since my earliest days.’

22 And when Jesus heard this he said, ‘There is still one thing you lack. Sell everything you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’

23 But when he heard this he was overcome with sadness, for he was very rich.

24 Jesus looked at him and said, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to make their way into the kingdom of God!

25 Yes, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.’

26 Those who were listening said, ‘In that case, who can be saved?’

27 He replied, ‘Things that are impossible by human resources, are possible for God.’

28 But Peter said, ‘Look, we left all we had to follow you.’

29 He said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, there is no one who has left house, wife, brothers, parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God

30 who will not receive many times as much in this present age and, in the world to come, eternal life.’

31 Then taking the Twelve aside he said to them, ‘Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of man is to come true.

32 For he will be handed over to the gentiles and will be mocked, maltreated and spat on,

33 and when they have scourged him they will put him to death; and on the third day he will rise again.’

34 But they could make nothing of this; what he said was quite obscure to them, they did not understand what he was telling them.

35 Now it happened that as he drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging.

36 When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about,

37 and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by.

38 So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’

39 The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’

40 Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him,

41 ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied, ‘let me see again.’

42 Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’

43 And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God.

Luke 19

1 He entered Jericho and was going through the town

2 and suddenly a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man.

3 He kept trying to see which Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd;

4 so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am to stay at your house today.’

6 And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully.

7 They all complained when they saw what was happening. ‘He has gone to stay at a sinner’s house,’ they said.

8 But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, ‘Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount.’

9 And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham;

10 for the Son of man has come to seek out and save what was lost.’

11 While the people were listening to this he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and they thought that the kingdom of God was going to show itself then and there.

12 Accordingly he said, ‘A man of noble birth went to a distant country to be appointed king and then return.

13 He summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds, telling them, “Trade with these, until I get back.”

14 But his compatriots detested him and sent a delegation to follow him with this message, “We do not want this man to be our king.”

15 ‘Now it happened that on his return, having received his appointment as king, he sent for those servants to whom he had given the money, to find out what profit each had made by trading.

16 The first came in, “Sir,” he said, “your one pound has brought in ten.”

17 He replied, “Well done, my good servant! Since you have proved yourself trustworthy in a very small thing, you shall have the government of ten cities.”

18 Then came the second, “Sir,” he said, “your one pound has made five.”

19 To this one also he said, “And you shall be in charge of five cities.”

20 Next came the other, “Sir,” he said, “here is your pound. I put it away safely wrapped up in a cloth

21 because I was afraid of you; for you are an exacting man: you gather in what you have not laid out and reap what you have not sown.”

22 He said to him, “You wicked servant! Out of your own mouth I condemn you. So you knew that I was an exacting man, gathering in what I have not laid out and reaping what I have not sown?

23 Then why did you not put my money in the bank? On my return I could have drawn it out with interest.”

24 And he said to those standing by, “Take the pound from him and give it to the man who has ten pounds.”

25 And they said to him, “But, sir, he has ten pounds . . .”

26 “I tell you, to everyone who has will be given more; but anyone who has not will be deprived even of what he has.

27 “As for my enemies who did not want me for their king, bring them here and execute them in my presence.” ‘

28 When he had said this he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

29 Now it happened that when he was near Bethphage and Bethany, close by the Mount of Olives as it is called, he sent two of the disciples, saying,

30 ‘Go to the village opposite, and as you enter it you will find a tethered colt that no one has ever yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

31 If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” you are to say this, “The Master needs it.” ‘

32 The messengers went off and found everything just as he had told them.

33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said, ‘Why are you untying it?’

34 and they answered, ‘The Master needs it.’

35 So they took the colt to Jesus and, throwing their cloaks on its back, they lifted Jesus on to it.

36 As he moved off, they spread their cloaks in the road,

37 and now, as he was approaching the downward slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole group of disciples joyfully began to praise God at the top of their voices for all the miracles they had seen.

38 They cried out: Blessed is he who is coming as King in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens!

39 Some Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Master, reprove your disciples,’

40 but he answered, ‘I tell you, if these keep silence, the stones will cry out.’

41 As he drew near and came in sight of the city he shed tears over it

42 and said, ‘If you too had only recognised on this day the way to peace! But in fact it is hidden from your eyes!

43 Yes, a time is coming when your enemies will raise fortifications all round you, when they will encircle you and hem you in on every side;

44 they will dash you and the children inside your walls to the ground; they will leave not one stone standing on another within you, because you did not recognise the moment of your visitation.’

45 Then he went into the Temple and began driving out those who were busy trading, saying to them,

46 ‘According to scripture, my house shall be a house of prayer but you have turned it into a bandits’ den.’

47 He taught in the Temple every day. The chief priests and the scribes, in company with the leading citizens, tried to do away with him,

48 but they could not find a way to carry this out because the whole people hung on his words.

Proverbs 26:13-16

13 ‘A wild beast on the road!’ says the idler, ‘a lion in the streets!’

14 The door turns on its hinges, the idler on his bed.

15 Into the dish the idler dips his hand, but is too tired to bring it back to his mouth.

16 The idler thinks himself wiser than seven people who answer with discretion.


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