All three lessons for this day challenge our perception of the good life, calling us to ask whether we are in danger of losing what we've got or missing what we need. The first lesson begins with a joyful summons to salvation, but notes that people neglect this summons by laboring for that which does not satisfy. The second lesson and the Gospel speak directly to people who think that because things seem to be going well, their lives must be as they ought to be. Both of these lessons warn of the fall that can come to the proud.
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So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.