Today's Lectionary Text
A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
“You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
Jesus is about to go through very hard times, and the disciples are clueless, arguing over who among them is better. “You are those who have stood by me in my trials.” In today’s reading, this verse sticks with me.
I have respect for great people, and I get a thrill from being in the presence of greatness. Two years ago, I was positively giddy to be seeing Amy Grant in concert…. finally! My husband and I took a trip to Nashville last year for a VIP experience to meet two of our favorite musicians. I get excited to meet members of any of the bands I follow, celebrities in my world as a musician.
These experiences came in and out of my life quickly. The music has had great impact on my life, inspiring me and even seeing me through some very rough times, but the personal relationship is not deep. These are not the people I turn to when I need support.
Who are the people who have walked with you when your life’s journey took an unexpected turn? It likely wasn’t the people in the news headlines, the people society calls great. Most likely it was a friend or family member. The people who have the greatest impact on my life are those who have been with me in the tough times. The friend who texts just to say, “I’m here and can listen,” the friends-who-are-family bringing a meal. These are the people Jesus is commending and to whom he gives his kingdom.
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Prayer for Reflection
God, thank you for the people who stand by us in our trials. Help us to look for the opportunities to stand by others in their trials, that we might do our part to bring your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
This Week's Lectionary
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
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