As always, Jesus words in our Gospel from Luke this week, run counter to the ways of the world but for those who would hear them they are words of life. Want to know how to live as a saint? Then follow the advice Jesus gives in Luke 6:20-31 because these are words that have the power to turn the world upside down.
“Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy,
because great is your reward in heaven.” Luke 6:22-23
More and more it seems as though the world is tightening the thumb screws on those who would choose to follow Jesus which is why it is even more important that we prove the world wrong by following Jesus’ advice.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6: 27-31
As his body here on earth, Jesus calls us to prayerfully and faithfully live out these words, empowered by his Holy Spirit. When we do he is truly glorified and the values of heaven are made real here on earth.
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
From the hymn, For all the saints. William Walsham How 1823-1897
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills