Sin, Faith and Duty
1Jesus spoke to his disciples. "Things that make people sin are sure to come," he said. "But how terrible it will be for the person who brings them! 2Suppose people lead one of these little ones to sin. It would be better for those people to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck. 3So watch what you do.
"If your brother sins, tell him he is wrong. Then if he turns away from his sins, forgive him. 4Suppose he sins against you seven times in one day. And suppose he comes back to you each time and says, 'I'm sorry.' Forgive him."
5The apostles said to the Lord, "Give us more faith!"
6He replied, "Suppose you have faith as small as a mustard seed. Then you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up. Be planted in the sea.' And it will obey you.
7"Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. And suppose the servant came in from the field. Would you say to him, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? 8No. Instead, you would say, 'Prepare my supper. Get yourself ready. Wait on me while I eat and drink. Then after that you can eat and drink.' 9Would you thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?
10"It's the same with you. Suppose you have done everything you were told to do. Then you should say, 'We are not worthy to serve you. We have only done our duty.' "
Jesus Heals Ten Men
11Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. He traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men met him. They had a skin disease. They were standing close by. 13And they called out in a loud voice, "Jesus! Master! Have pity on us!"
14Jesus saw them and said, "Go. Show yourselves to the priests." While they were on the way, they were healed.
15When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back. He praised God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan.
17Jesus asked, "Weren't all ten healed? Where are the other nine? 18Didn't anyone else return and give praise to God except this outsider?"
19Then Jesus said to him, "Get up and go. Your faith has healed you."
The Coming of God's Kingdom
20Once the Pharisees asked Jesus when God's kingdom would come. He replied, "The coming of God's kingdom is not something you can see just by watching for it carefully. 21People will not say, 'Here it is.' Or, 'There it is.' God's kingdom is among you."
22Then Jesus spoke to his disciples. "The time is coming," he said, "when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man. But you won't see it. 23People will tell you, 'There he is!' Or, 'Here he is!' Don't go running off after them.
24"When the Son of Man comes, he will be like the lightning. It flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25But first the Son of Man must suffer many things. He will not be accepted by the people of today.
26"Remember how it was in the days of Noah. It will be the same when the Son of Man comes. 27People were eating and drinking. They were getting married. They were giving their daughters to be married. They did all those things right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28"It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking. They were buying and selling. They were planting and building. 29But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven. And all the people were destroyed.
30"It will be just like that on the day the Son of Man is shown to the world. 31Suppose someone is on the roof of his house on that day. And suppose his goods are inside the house. He should not go down to get them. No one in the field should go back for anything either. 32Remember Lot's wife! 33Anyone who tries to keep his life will lose it. Anyone who loses his life will keep it.
34"I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed. One person will be taken and the other left. 35-36Two women will be grinding grain together. One will be taken and the other left."
37"Where, Lord?" his disciples asked.
He replied, "The vultures will gather where there is a dead body."