This chapter starts with a miraculous healing. Jesus then teaches us about following him. His invitation is open to all, but those who accept it must be willing to place put Jesus before everyone or everything else and even their very lives.
Let us begin by humbling ourselves before you and accepting the invitation that you give to any and all who are willing to come to you. We need your grace for our salvation and beyond – to live this Christian life from day to day.
Further, we know that discipleship is costly, but we also remember that any price we might have to pay will be worth it in the end. We bring no merit of our own to this commitment. Help us to serve you well and serve you faithfully – to take up our cross, remembering that our lives are not our own but that we belong to you.
Finally, we also remember you as our healer – the one who has all power over all sickness and disease. For those who are sick and for those who are working on their behalf, we pray for your grace and extra amounts of help from you at this time.
Up until now, Luke has shown us the ministry of Jesus in and around Galilee. This week will arrive at a turning point. Christ will allow his identity to sink in with his disciples and then turn toward Jerusalem.