for Sunday, October 21, 2012
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
21st Sunday after Pentecost
lectionary focus: Job 38: 1-7, (34-41); Psalm 104: 1-9, 24, 35c; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45
Today I brought my blocks because I like to build things. I have this idea to make a spectacular building with a fancy top using these cool, curved and pointy blocks to make turrets and high rooftops. But when we are building, we don’t start at the top. We start with the foundation. These first blocks that we place not only determine how and where we can place the other blocks, these first blocks give strength and stability to our building. When we start with an even and firm foundation, we can construct our walls straight and strong; we can set our roof to cover and protect. Without a good foundation, it does not matter how we do the walls or roof, our building will not stand.
Our Bible story today also talks about building things. But the Bible is not talking about building with toy blocks or real bricks. The Bible tells us that to build our lives well, we need a firm foundation in Jesus Christ. When the foundation of our life is a solid relationship with Jesus, then we can develop and grow and advance. When we build our life on Jesus, it doesn’t matter what happens to us, we will stand strong.
But just standing strong is not our goal. Jesus tells us that we are to be strong so we can help other people. Having our strength in Jesus does not make us higher and better than other people. Our foundation in Jesus encourages us to serve God and God’s children. And then we are all spectacular.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for supporting me.
to share Your strength
with all of Your children.
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.