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"They did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem."
(Luke 9:53)

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

A Samaritan Village Rejects the Savior

Luke 9:51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
Luke 9:52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him;
Luke 9:53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.
Luke 9:54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"
Luke 9:55 But he turned and rebuked them.
Luke 9:56 Then they went on to another village.

The Cost of Discipleship

Luke 9:57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."
Luke 9:58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."
Luke 9:59 To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
Luke 9:60 But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Luke 9:61 Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home."
Luke 9:62 Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

[Luke 9:51] Last Journey to Jerusalem (see map). Jesus' last ascent to Jerusalem began on the eastern side of the Jordan. After crossing the river, He entered Jericho, then ascended the mountain to Bethany and Jerusalem. There He was crucified.

"The time had come for Him to be received up" is referring to His ascension (cf. 24:49-53; Acts 1:1-11). In the LXX the same word which appears here describes Elijah's translation into heaven, but Luke refers to the entire passion experience, including Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension. At this place Luke begins a new section of his Gospel: the journey to Jerusalem, sometimes referred to as the "travel narrative" (9:51-19:27).

[Luke 9:52] The Samaritans are descended from the mixed marriages of the Jews (those left in the land at the time of the Assyrian captivity) with the non-Jews who came to occupy the territory. They worshipped in their own temple on Mount Gerizim before the Jews destroyed it. Their hostility reflects their long-standing attitude toward the orthodox worship in Jerusalem.

[Luke 9:58] Jesus has friends at whose home He could stay, but here He figuratively portrays His rejection and impending sufferings.

[Luke 9:60] "Let the dead bury their own dead" acknowledges that the proper duty of the son to bury the father must be made secondary to the claims of Christ. "The dead" who are to do the necessary duties are obviously those who do not respond to Jesus' call.

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Readings for the week of July 3rd
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
1st Lesson: Isaiah 66: 10-14
Psalm 66: 1-9
2nd Lesson: Galatians 6: 1-16
Gospel: Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20

 

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