Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/093014.cfm
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.
Jesus rebuked them for wanting to destroy those who did not believe in Him. Do you think He would rebuke those today who do the same thing? How often do we criticize those who do not believe as we do? Are you as gentle as Jesus when you meet someone who believes differently than you? Or do you belittle them and criticize them, assuming your way is the best way? That is the time to truly think “What Would Jesus Do” and do it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always be humble in dealing with those who do not believe as I do. May I always act as you do and treat them with love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Let my prayer come before you, Lord.