Good News: Our job when others hold opinions we think are wrong? Love them.

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In this reading from Luke, Jesus and the disciples are traveling through a village of the Samaritans, where people didn’t care much for Jesus.

His insulted disciples ask Jesus, ‘should we smite them for you?’

Jesus doesn’t just say no, he rebukes them. This is not at all what Jesus wants from his followers.

This may not seem like lots of Good News, but the way I see it, it’s pretty applicable to our communal life today. Lots of people hold opinions about things that we think are wrong. Lots of people refuse to believe things that we think are very good.

It can be frustrating, and our impulse can be to try and smite them (or, in our day, disparage them on social media). But Jesus is pretty clear that this is not what he would have us do.

In this reading, his face was set towards Jerusalem. He’s on a mission to save the world, and that’s what he wants us to pay attention to. Love. Jesus’ love for us, and our call to love others as our neighbors. Even when we’re sure they’re wrong.

That’s Good News.


Luke 9:51-62

When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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