Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ordinary Time: Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

Once again, Hamman's pride forces him into another trap.  He feels surly that he is the one that the king wants to honor and so he describes an elaborate way to honor that one.  In fact it is for another and his destruction will be soon.  Humility is something that we must seek after.  It is hard, in this world that constantly tells us that it is all about us, to say, in fact, it's not.  

It's about others.  It's about God.  It's about service.  It's about realizing that in giving our lives away we find it, and when we find something worth dying for, we found something worth living for.  It's not about us.  It's about God, and what God wants to do through us.  

New Testament Lesson

We see in Revelation great signs, great images, great mysteries. But, they all come down to one great truth.  In the end, God wins.  In the end, God's way will be.  In the end, God's Will will be done. That is what Revelation teachings, and in a world full of so much fear, that is a message that we need to hear right now.  

Gospel Lesson

One of the things that Jesus criticizes the leaders for is the fact that instead of doing all that they could allow folks to enter into the kingdom, they sought to keep folks out. Instead of throwing the gates wide open, they wanted them more and more narrow.  Instead of welcoming, they shut folks out. 

That is not what Jesus taught, that is not how He lived.  He told all that would turn to Him, call on Him, follow Him, they will be welcomed. Jesus taught that our past does not matter, only our future with Him.  No matter who, what, are were we are, Jesus welcomes us.  

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