Look for a Sign of Hope Today…
What Will Bring you Joy Today?…
“The moment we choose to love,
we begin to move towards freedom,
to act in ways
that liberate ourselves and others.”
American author, professor, activist
“So, the last will be first,
and the first will be last.”
First, in God’s kingdom no one can claim a special place because they’ve worked the hardest, they’ve given up the most, or they’ve been there from the beginning.
Secondly, in God’s kingdom even though Jesus has declared several times that the Jews have a “priority”, St. Paul tells us that the gospel is not only for the Jews but for the gentiles as well and now Jesus seems to be saying that the “priority” given by God to the Jews means that they will need to go to the back of the line.
Thirdly, in God’s kingdom there is no such thing as an “ordinary” Christian. In the “renewal of all things” of which Jesus speaks, all sorts of people will stand out as the real heroes of faith, though nobody ever heard of them before. These are the people who served God with total and glad obedience but often remained hidden.
In a time of silence and meditation take just a few moments to compare our last few months of living in a Covid-19 environment to the lessons from this parable. Who was affected? Who were some of your heroes that you were sure were the “first” before the outbreak? Who are your heroes now that might have been the very “last” on your radar before the virus? Take a few minutes to thank God for the grocery store workers, the emergency room nurses, the farmers, the EMT’s, the truck drivers, the ones who clean our public spaces, the assisted living home attendants, the public health officials, etc.
Sovereign Lord, help us to be humble enough to take whatever place we are given, and committed enough to work for your glory wherever and whenever you call. Amen.
Now, spend some time in worship as you listen to this song that Tamara offers for you today…
May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…