Exploring the Sunday Gospel - Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity


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Blog for Sunday 2 October

Today is the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. In the reading from Luke’s Gospel Jesus continues to instruct his followers in the way of discipleship.  Today’s passage provides two examples of this teaching.  The first example concerns the nature of faith.  The second example concerns the nature of commitment.  All that we can offer is less than God deserves.  Often the way of discipleship is portrayed as a journey.  Setting off on a journey can be fun, but the journey is not over until the destination has been reached.


For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of journeys. In today’s picture from their book, Journeys, Aled and Sian are travelling by train on a heritage railway, crossing a deep valley on an elegant viaduct.


Lord Jesus Christ,

you have called us

to follow you in the way of discipleship.

Give us such joy in following you,

that we ask for no reward

other than that of doing your will;

for you are our God.



Next week, the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, the reading from Luke’s Gospel tells how Jesus was met by ten lepers. All ten lepers were healed by Jesus and one returned to thank him. The image to help us prepare for next week’s theme is thank you. You can find out more about that theme here https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/prayer-resources.html. We would really appreciate you letting us know how you are using these materials.


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