In our gospel, we read of ten lepers who come to Jesus for a cure. We have little concept today of what it meant to be a leper at the time of Jesus. Worse than the disease was the leper's fate; cut off from family, forced to live a wretched life alone, begging for food.
In our gospel today the twelve apostles make an excellent request of Jesus; increase our faith. Jesus does not respond directly to their request, He puts the apostles on the spot. The point of importance, He says, is not how much faith you have, its size, its amount. What is important is the kind of faith you have, it has to be genuine.
Many people used to come to Mother Teresa. They wanted to get involved in her work. Mother Teresa being a wise woman could tell if they had what it took to work with her sisters.
When we read the Gospel of Luke 16: 1-13, we hear about an employee who cheats on his employer.
Jesus lived in a society where caste lines were sharply drawn. It was clearly understood that people stayed with their own kind. Good people did not mix and mingle with bad people.
In Luke 14:25-33 we read that large crowds were coming to Jesus. The movement He started with a dozen men was swelling with converts. How pleased the disciples must have been.
Our gospel today is the third instance in which Luke tells us that Jesus ate with the Pharisees. It must have been an unusual event. Luke says that they watched him closely. However, it seems that Jesus was also observing them. He gently teases the other guests about what he had observed.
It is always a temptation to preach the Gospel of Jesus in a selective manner.
There is a novel called The Man Who Lost Himself; in one scene the main character of the story trails a man to Paris.