Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. The following are my reflections only, during the prayer session and as I wrote them up. Please see my separate commentary and leaflet for more information about shared Lectio, and here is the whole collection of reflections…
Gospel reading: Luke 6.12–19
Words: great crowd of his disciples
Jesus had just chosen the Twelve, but these weren’t all of his disciples. There were many more who sat at his feet and learned from him as Teacher or Rabbi. We just don’t know their names or who they were.
Then I was struck by all the other great numbers: “a great multitude”, “from all Judea” and many other places, “all in the crowd”, “all of them”.
Some of the crowd “had come to hear him”, some had come “to be healed of their diseases”. And Jesus healed not just the latter but “all of them”, whether they knew they needed curing or not: physically, mentally, spiritually, whatever they needed.
Last week I reflected on Jesus being the perfect healer. This week is about quantity as well as quality.
I have a clear memory of Kathy Galloway, standing at the head of the table on a Thursday night in Iona Abbey. At the point of invitation to communion her voice rang out again and again: “All are welcome”.
God is generous, lavish with love and mercy. God teaches all. God heals all. All are welcome.