To Be Like Jesus: Inspiration From the Gospel of Luke

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God's plan for your life is not as mysterious or unknowable as you might think. As Sister Ann Shields demonstrates in her probing reflections on the Gospel of Luke, the key to knowing what God is asking of you is to discover, first, who God is. If you are willing to spend time daily in his presence, ruminating on his word as it comes to you in Scripture, he will reveal himself and help you make the choices that conform to his will for your life.

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Overview

God's plan for your life is not as mysterious or unknowable as you might think. As Sister Ann Shields demonstrates in her probing reflections on the Gospel of Luke, the key to knowing what God is asking of you is to discover, first, who God is. If you are willing to spend time daily in his presence, ruminating on his word as it comes to you in Scripture, he will reveal himself and help you make the choices that conform to his will for your life.

To Be Like Jesus will enable you to distinguish God's voice from the voices, noise and distractions of the world. As you let his word soak into your soul, you'll find there the power to surrender to him and play your part in building his kingdom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867169515
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 130
  • Sales rank: 1,222,141
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

SISTER ANN SHIELDS, S.G.L., is an internationally known evangelist and the host of the daily evangelistic and inspirational radio program Food for the Journey. She is the author of several books, including Deeper Conversion: Extraordinary Grace for Ordinary Times, Pray and Never Lose Heart and Fire in My Heart. Sister Ann is a member of the Servants of God’s Love, a charismatic religious community based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Table of Contents

An Open Letter to Readers ix

Chapter

1 Listen to Him! | Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 1

2 Do Whatever He Tells You | John 2:1-11 4

3 How Deep Is Your Faith? | Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 7

4 Know the Truth | Luke 4:21-30 11

5 They Left Everything | Luke 5:1-11 15

6 Blessed Are You | Luke 6:17, 20-26 19

7 Love Your Enemies | Luke 6:27-38 24

8 Judge Rightly | Luke 7:36-50 27

9 Who Do You Say I Am? | Luke 9:18-24 32

10 Follow Me | Luke 9:5l-62 35

11 Your Names Are Written in Heaven | Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 40

12 Go and Do Likewise | Luke 10:25-37 44

13 The Good Portion | Luke 10:38-42 48

14 Our Father | Luke 11:1-13 52

15 What Is Your Treasure? | Luke 12:13-21 56

16 Faithful Stewards | Luke 12:32-48 60

17 The Assumption of the Blessed Mother | Luke 1:39-56 64

18 The Narrow Door | Luke 13:22-30 69

19 The Best Repayment | Luke 14:7-14 73

20 Are You a Disciple or a Camp Follower? | Luke 14:25-33 76

21 A Watchful Father | Luke 15:1-32 81

22 A Steward Renders an Account | Luke 16:1-13 87

23 Where Are the Poor? | Luke l6:19-31 91

24 Increase Our Faith! | Luke 17:5-10 95

25 Thank You | Luke 17:11-19 99

26 Never Lose Heart | Luke 18:1-8 103

27 Be Merciful to Me | Luke 18:9-14 107

28 Conversion of Heart | Luke 19:1-10 110

29 Every Tear Wiped Away | Luke 20:27-38 114

30 Endurance Will Bring Life | Luke 21:5-19 118

31 Christ the King | Luke 23:35-43 122

Conclusion 126

Bibliography 128

Notes 129

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Open your heart and spirit to God's Word

    Sr. Ann Shields has written these reflections on the Gospel of Luke to provide information, yes, but mainly "to allow not only your mind but your heart and your spirit to be open to God's voice speaking to you through His Word." Each chapter centers on an excerpt from the gospel for Cycle C, on which Shields urges readers to pray, reflect, and apply "for a good period of time." In fact, she recommends one reflection per week, examined in conjunction with daily prayer and Sunday Mass. Read it over and over again, she writes, apply the gospel to your own life, and pray for grace to live what you learn.
    Specifically Shields suggests pondering, ruminating, and imagining yourself as part of the scene.

    The thirty-one reflections, averaging four pages each, consist of historical context, personal stories, and applications for daily life. All close with a brief relevant quotation, usually from the Old Testament.

    For example, in the chapter on Luke 14:25-33 (renouncing all to become a disciple) Shields presents questions to be examined over a week's time. What needs to be changed, what will be the price, am I willing, what holds me back, and so on. Pray over the questions write out your answers, she urges. Make some decisions, follow through, don't give up. "Pray daily for the grace you need; do not depend on yourself."

    Another example, the reading from Luke 12:13-21 is titled "What Is Your Treasure?" Shields praises the many who support charities, but points out that most of us shut down our concern for others when we experience tough times financially. Christians are not exempt from meeting the needs of the less fortunate, she writes. "When we are generous in the midst of our own needs, we will see that God will not be outdone in generosity."

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