Text: Luke 7:11-17
Wild flower at city gate
(Photo credit: canong2fan (on the road again!))
As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out.
As the story begins, the dead young man, his widowed mother, and the funeral procession are going out of the town gate. Jesus and his entourage are approaching the gate. Why might the gate be important in the story?
Take a piece of paper and create a “gate.” Continue reading
Text: Luke 24:36b-48
Hand and foot prints (Photo credit: Irregular Shed)
He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
If you are in a small group suggest that the participants divide into pairs and sit down across from one another a bit away from the group. In silence have them in turn take the hands of the other to inspect, explore, and feel. Give it time so people can get over the initial embarrassment. No talking. Bring the group back together and invite each person to say what it was like to hold and examine the hands of their partner. Continue reading
Text: Luke 20:27-38
The question that the Sadducees bring to Jesus in today’s reading is not a real question. From their standpoint, the question can only be meaningless. Since they do not believe there is any life to come, any speculation about how that life will be arranged is pointless from the very beginning. Which part of the Sadducees’ question does Jesus seem to challenge? What assumptions does Jesus seem not to share with the Sadducees? Continue reading