Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fully Trained Disciple

Jesus invites us to be fully trained disciples, so that we will be like him, our teacher. As a teacher he reminds us that our actions are reflective of our hearts. Jesus encourages us to reflect on our speech in the first reading. He points out the danger of noticing someone else’s failings while ignoring our own greater ones. But it is the content of our heart that is of the greatest concern. It might remind you of Martin Luther King’s speech where he dreamed his children would not be judged by the colour of their skin, but the content of their character.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. (Luke 6:39-40)

  • Who have been your teachers?
  • Who have led you in the wrong way?
  • Do you believe you are a fully trained disciple of Jesus?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about discipleship?

Monday.

Why do you deserve the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own. How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye,” when you cannot see the plank in your own. Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:41-42)

  • What are the planks in your eyes?
  • How can you remove these planks?
  • When have been away of being a hypocrite.
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about the way he sees you.

Tuesday.

A good man draws what is good from the store of goodness in his heart; a bad man draws what is bad from the store of badness. For a man’s words flow out of what fills his heart. (Luke 6:45)

  • How do you store up goodness or badness?
  • What fills your heart?
  • What does the way you speak to others say about your heart?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about what fills your heart.

Wednesday.

Death is swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. So let us thank God for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

  • Whose death has stung you?
  • Is there anything you wish you could have said or done to someone who has died?
  • Is there anything you wish you could have unsaid or taken back to someone who has died?
  • What is the Lord, who is the Lord of the living and the dead saying to your heart about his victory over death?

Thursday.

Never give in then, my dear brothers, never admit defeat; keep on working at the Lord’s work always, knowing that, in the Lord, you cannot be labouring in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

  • Have you ever given up on something and admitted defeat?
  • What part of the Lord’s work are you most involved in?
  • Reflect that you are not labouring in vain.
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about his work in you?

Friday

It is good to give thanks to the Lord to make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your truth in the watches of the night.  (Psalm 91:2-3)

  • Reflect on what you need to give thanks for?
  • How have you experienced God’s love today?
  • Who do you tell about God’s love?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about his love for you?

Saturday

The orchard where the tree grows is judged on the quality of its fruit, similarly a man’s words betray what he feels. Do not praise a man before he has spoken, since this is the test of men. (Ecclesiasticus 27:6-7)

  • What does the way you speak say about your character?
  • Have you ever said one thing and done the opposite?
  • When have you judged someone by the way they speak?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about judgement?
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