The Power and the Presence

Friday, June 7, 2013

Luke 9:1–17

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Up to this point in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus alone demonstrates the power of the Kingdom over demons and diseases. Now this power passes into the hearts and hands of the Twelve Apostles. They have left all to follow Jesus. They have nothing, yet possess everything. These powerless ones by the world’s standards begin to share all the power of the creating and saving God present in their Master.

They move outward from the center, bringing the presence of the One whom they love. As the hands of a clock that radiate outward and fill the twelve hours of the day, so these twelve fill their world with the presence and power of Jesus.

This same presence and power is ready to move further into you. Are you ready for your gifts to multiply just as the loaves and fishes?


The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
Power to cure diseases v. 1
“Take nothing for the journey.” v. 2
“You give them something to eat.” v. 13
Blessing and breaking the loaves v. 16
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This is the first of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.

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2 thoughts on “The Power and the Presence

  1. Hi, Nick,

    I am truly mixed up on what Sunday in Pentecost it is. Our bulletin this last Sunday, June 2, was the 2nd Sunday in Pentecost. Would you please straighten me out?

    Thanks! Are you going to Africa any time soon?

    God bless you and your family,



  2. Dear Carol:

    I’ve tweaked the Liturgical Year. I call the First Sunday IN Pentecost (not after) as the Sunday nearest June 1. Check the menu above, “Solar and Sacred Seasons.


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