There is Need of Only One Thing
Awhile back, the angels encouraged me to write on the Gospels for Sunday. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke 10:38-42. With a loving angel guided message behind it.
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”
Jesus often made a home in Bethany at the residence of Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. Jesus is friend as well as Rabbi to these siblings. Martha assumes the role of host and head of household when it is “she ” who welcomes Jesus.
Luke wants to make a statement regarding discipleship and for him, the first step is to listen. Jesus has brought the Word of Life and Martha, in her busyness is going to miss it.
Mary on the other hand, has remarkably assumed the posture of the disciple, sitting at the feet of the Lord and “listening” to what he is saying. Mary breaks a double “taboo” – leaving the kitchen where she “belonged” and sitting at a Rabbi’s feet, a place reserved for men, not women. Yet, it is this posture that Jesus affirms. Jesus clearly loves both these women and his repetition of Martha’s name signals his warm affection. It’s not her work, but her disquiet that he points out to her, and approves Mary’s decision to listen at his feet.
Discipleship requires focus, a wakeful attentiveness that can be achieved only by a peaceful heart. Mary has found it at Jesus’ feet. Ecclesiastes says there is a time for everything- to prepare a meal, and when Jesus speaks, a time to listen. [see reference]
The angels affirm that “Jesus has the Words of Everlasting Life. The Gospels are written so all generations can know the Works and Word of God and Jesus. Loving God and Jesus His Son are important for all. God loves His people, and sends His Works through HIs Son Jesus. Jesus asks all to listen to his Words and act upon them- in that , you are glorifying the One who sent Him.” ~ the Angels
In Jesus’s Name
Reference- The Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2016
Go and Do Likewise
Awhile back, the angels asked me to write on the Gospels on Sundays. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke 10:25-37- with a loving angel inspired (and guided) message behind it.
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”
He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”
But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?”
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
The scholar of the law has demonstrated a clear grasp of the Mosaic Law, quoting a composite of Leviticus (19:18), Deuteronomy (6:5), and Joshua (22:5) to answer Jesus’ question about the teaching of the law. But Jesus will now take him much further in his understanding by demonstrating that the “neighbor” he seeks can even be one he despises as enemy. Because cultural and religious history had turned Jews and Samaritans into bitter opponents, Jesus casts a Samaritan as hero of his story in order to demonstrate the primacy of love.
Jesus intentionally scripts the story to include a “priest” and “Levite” and places them in context that contrasts the demands of love with the legalism that infected the religion of the day like a cancer. Many Levites who served as Temple assistants in the Jerusalem Temple, lived in Jericho, about seventeen miles away. The road between was known to be dangerous; in fact, one stretch was called the “way of blood” because of frequent robberies and killings.
The priest and Levite observe the strict requirements of the Law, staying away from the victim in order to avoid ritual impurity on their way to serve in the Temple. But Jesus seeks to show a better way and his role model is a social outcast- a Samaritan who goes well beyond any reasonable expectations to care for the victim. He washes and anoints the man and then bandages him, probably with torn strips of his own clothing. He leaves a large amount of money for his care and promises more if that’s not enough.
Now Jesus asks the scholar to answer his own question about which one was the neighbor. Mercy is the attribute of God that makes us like Him. Only with a merciful heart can we love our neighbor as ourselves- and is what is needed to be a neighbor. [see reference]
“Jesus loves you entirely and has set an example for all . Jesus’ love surpasses the human heart – a Divine love that is so strong, it is eternal , unconditional and Divinely understanding. Using this Love within your life for others will get the attention of the Lord, and increase the Love within everyone. Loving your neighbor as yourself brings blessings upon every person you love. Love is what heals and the Love of Christ is with you beloved, and will always be with you. Love one another and Love God first beloved- who loves you entirely and the most. Jesus will always help you love and so will God when you ask sincerely. Love will overflow within you and others when all choose to love openly and choosing God first is being asked and required from God Himself- who loves you. God is merciful and loves you with His Holy and unlimited and eternal Love and will always be with you.” ~ The Angels
reference: Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word
Rejoice Because Your Names are Written in Heaven
Awhile back, the angels asked me to post on the Gospel for Sundays. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”
The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said,
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Joy is with those that proclaim the Gospel of Christ to the nations. This joy is the fruit of a job well done, announcing to those who would and would not hear it that the advent of God’s Kingdom is among us. Jesus is communicating here, that it is not we , but He, who brings the Truth and the fullness of the Kingdom. In fact, the seventy-two are told to speak words both to those who accept and those who reject their ministry, and in each case, the words are the same: “the Kingdom of God is at hand for you.” The Gospel is the saving work of Jesus; it is not an idea but an event, a historical moment that perdures throughout time.
Paul underscores the Truth in Romans, where he says that, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” and then asks, “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in HIm of whom they have not heard? and how can they hear without someone to preach?” (Romans 10:14) Significantly, Jesus sends out these disciples these disciples to prepare the way for his own ministry to the towns. Through deeds and words they are to till the soil Jesus will sow with seed.
The instructions Jesus gives are sober and remarkably detailed. After alerting them to the dangers they will face as “lambs among wolves,” he details what they can bring, where they can stay, what they can say and eat, and how they are to respond to inhospitable towns. Little is left to chance.
They return enthusing at their power over the unholy, but Jesus responds by reminding them their power came from Him and that it is salvation, not power that is the only real cause of rejoicing. [see reference]
The angels remind us: “We all have this authority through Christ our Lord. Everyone. Rejoicing in Jesus’ name is something for all, for all who call upon the name of Jesus are saved through Him, united in Him and for those that believe the Word of God, there is much rejoicing for both Heaven and Earth. Serving God through the Gospels and helping someone to believe will always triumph.
Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2016
Faith Moves Mountains
“……Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” MATT 17:20
A Channeled Message on Faith with Archangel Chamuel with the Angels
Greetings dear ones, this is Archangel Chamuel and I am here to help you restore if needed your faith and increase your faith if you have even a little or if you have a lot. A little faith let’s say, is monumental in prayer. Lift up all concerns in faith to God. God loves to see His children with faith-based prayer and faith in HIm. For He is always with you. This is what was spoken to the disciples when the boat was capsizing and the disciples thought they were going to perish- was to have faith in Christ. Jesus spoke these words many times throughout the Gospels because of their importance for you to understand how important a little faith is, and how monumental faith is when spoken aloud or in prayer to God Himself , who sees all things from above. Faith can move mountains and some people have understood this. For this is not just a saying from Jesus, but these words are spoken throughout the universe, time, and in Heaven as Truth. Love is what is needed here on Earth. Love is what helps others and it is the Love of Christ and of God that helped you understand these words. Faith in God is ultimately what is needed when you lift your concerns to Him, believing in Him , trusting in Him , confiding in Him for all things. Prayer with Faith can move mountains indeed. Love one another and pray with absolute faith , this day always. Dear ones, we bless you and applaud your faith within you. Faith is what is noticed by God himself. Faith is what gets God’s attention, and this has been spoken through another pastor that is well known and is Heaven-sent we say! Lift up any concerns you have to God now, lifting up in Faith, praying for others In Faith, and knowing that God hears all who come to Him in Faith. Trusting that the Most High will help all who come to Him without hesitation, lift up your concern and trust God Himself with the outcome. Knowing that God wants the very best for you and your loved ones; and then thanking God for all He does for You and your family and loved ones. You are very blessed dear child of the Most High. Very blessed indeed and we repeat this message to you, for faith is what is helping all who pray to God- for God is listening to all who come to him in faith. We cleanse from you any uncertainty, any despair, we lift you into love and this is like a spiritual communion of love with the Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ who loves you. Spiritual Communion in faith. We lift you now helping you to align with love and peace within you. We love you and bless you. we thank you for this time with you. And so it is beloved. Amen. Amen, Amen.
Archangel Chamuel with the Angels
Awhile back , the angels suggested I dedicate Sundays to the Gospel Readings for Sunday. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke 9:51-62. With an inspired message and also a channel from the Angel Realm behind it.
When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.
As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”
The Samaritan’s inhospitality aroused the ire of the James and John. The town rejected Jesus solely because His destination was Jerusalem., revealing the historically based hostility between the Samaritans and the Jews. But Jesus rebukes their violence, accepts rejection on the leg of His journey as he did at the start of his Galilean ministry, and refuses to be distracted from what awaits in Jerusalem. His resolute determination sets the stage for the difficult sayings that follow.
To the first would-be disciple, Jesus announces the conditions of the ministry of the “Son of Man” (and his disciples). To a second, he speaks of the dead burying the dead. Variously interpreted, this saying likely addresses the potential disciple’s desire to delay ’till his father’s eventual death, using that family obligation as an excuse to avoid following Jesus. Or, if the father had recently died, he may be seeking a year’s reprieve in order to rebury the father’s bones after the body was decayed. Even if the meaning is, “Let the spiritually dead bury the dead”, the point remains that nothing is to supercede one’s commitment to the gospel. Clearly, Jesus’ blunt language gets our attention and shocks us into reflection on the requirements of discipleship.
The last saying asks all disciples to imitate Jesus in resisting distractions from the call of the gospel. Jesus remains resolutely turned toward Jerusalem, his hand firmly on “the plow.” [see reference]
“Jesus is here for everyone who wishes to plow. Always. In every word , make the Gospel, known to someone. Perhaps your words could help another. God sees those who sow His Gospels and their reward will be great in Heaven. Jesus understands what it is like to be human, and to have flesh, for the Spirit and the flesh are opposites- yet the Spirit will guide your heart as One in the Lord when you turn toward Him and seek to plow the field for God.” ~ the Angels
Reference: The Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2016
“Who Do You Say I Am?”
Awhile back the angels asked to post on the Gospels from Sundays. With Love and Gratitude- Here is the Gospel of Luke 9:18-24
Once when Jesus was praying by himself,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He scolded them
and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Then he said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
Jesus is predicting His Passion and preparing the disciples for what is to come. It would seem as if Jesus were to be preparing the disciples for their own ministry with Christ- but the words can still be applied today. Bringing our awareness to the fullness of God, our walk and service in Christ, focusing on the ways of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. , and denying the old way of living for Christ Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name