Who does Jesus think is part of God's story?
This week we invite you to do a Lectio Divina practice with your group using the readings from the gospel. Below is a recording of the gospel reading for you to use. Feel free to write down your responses in a journal, or simply wonder about them in silence.
Play the recording once through with the intention of seeing which word or phrase jumps out to you the most. Take some time to wonder about that word or phrase when the recording has ended. Why do you think it was this word or phrase that jumped out to you today?
Play the recording again with the intention of identifying what parts of the story bring up feelings of discomfort or challenging questions. Take a moment to hold these questions and feelings, without trying to answer them, and see where you feel this discomfort in your body. Take some time to journal about these feelings or questions if you feel so inspired.
Listen to the recording one more time and wonder/journal about the following question:
In both stories Jesus references, the widow of Zeraphath and Namaan's healing, he is highlighting examples of when God's healing and salvation took place beyond Israel. Beyond the community that believed it alone was part of that God's healing and saving. How does this gospel challenge some of the Christian narratives of salvation? Or even your own beliefs about it?