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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.
An Open Letter to Readers ix
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
Posted May 6, 2010
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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