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Honour #Advent

Panteón de Hombres Ilustres (Madrid) 02a

What have I said?
What have I done
that has been so wrong?

I have questioned
the worth of living your way,
looked over the fence
and wondered why
am I any better off?

Yet how that misses the point!
Each and every one of us is
precious to God,
we only see now,
he sees the whole picture
through to the end.
He knows the true value
in living his ways,
what is of eternal worth,
not an apparent head start
today.

So forgive me Lord
when I have lost impetus,
got side-tracked by ‘others’,
thought for today
and not your way,
your fulness.

May I honour you,
in every part of my life,
every way I am,
all that I do
for in you alone
is justice,
promise,
hope
and truth.

The theme of the second week in Advent is The Day of Salvation.  We prepare for that day.

Malachi 3:13-4:5 (CEV)

13 You have said horrible things about me, and yet you ask, “What have we said?”

14 Here is what you have said: “It’s foolish to serve the Lord God All-Powerful. What do we get for obeying him and from going around looking sad? 15 See how happy those arrogant people are. Everyone who does wrong is successful, and when they put God to the test, they always get away with it.”

Faithfulness Is Rewarded

16 All those who truly respected the Lord and honoured his name started discussing these things, and when God saw what was happening, he had their names written as a reminder in his book.

17 Then the Lord All-Powerful said:

You people are precious to me, and when I come to bring justice, I will protect you, just as parents protect an obedient child. 18 Then everyone will once again see the difference between those who obey me by doing right and those who reject me by doing wrong.

The Day of Judgment

The Lord said:

The day of judgment is certain to come. And it will be like a red-hot furnace with flames that burn up proud and sinful people, as though they were straw. Not a branch or a root will be left. I, the Lord All-Powerful, have spoken! But for you that honour my name, victory will shine like the sun with healing in its rays, and you will jump around like calves at play. When I come to bring justice, you will trample those who are evil, as though they were ashes under your feet. I, the Lord All-Powerful, have spoken!

Don’t ever forget the laws and teachings I gave my servant Moses on Mount Sinai.

I, the Lord, promise to send the prophet Elijah before that great and terrible day comes.

Ancient of Days

Stop Behaving Like Children… And Start Behaving Like Children

Sometimes Jesus must have felt like he was looking after a bunch of children!  He’s trying to teach them the things they need to know – and they’re bickering about who’s more important that whom…

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus Again Speaks about His Death

30 Jesus left with his disciples and started through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know about it, 31 because he was teaching the disciples that the Son of Man would be handed over to people who would kill him. But three days later he would rise to life. 32 The disciples did not understand what Jesus meant, and they were afraid to ask.

Who Is the Greatest?

33 Jesus and his disciples went to his home in Capernaum. After they were inside the house, Jesus asked them, “What were you arguing about along the way?” 34 They had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest, and so they did not answer.

35 After Jesus sat down and told the twelve disciples to gather around him, he said, “If you want the place of honour, you must become a slave and serve others!”

36 Then Jesus had a child stand near him. He put his arm around the child and said, 37 “When you welcome even a child because of me, you welcome me. And when you welcome me, you welcome the one who sent me.”

The very fact that being important and honoured is still an issue shows how little they have grasped of what Jesus had to say.  Life is not about receiving the honour we think we deserve, it is about looking only to do what’s best for others, and finding our reward in that.  In point of fact, no one is the greatest.  We are all worthy of love, respect and honour.  We bring that about by seeking to bring it to others, not trying to gain it for ourselves.  In the grand scheme of ‘what goes around comes around’, if everyone looks to bring those qualities to the lives of others, it will come back to us anyway – not because we deserve it more, but because we deserve it the same.

The great thing about children is that they take things as they are.  They just get on with chatting and playing with other children.  They don’t want to know their postcode, parent’s wage bracket, where they do their shopping, or make of car they drive.  They just accept and meet on a level playing field (sorry for the pun!)

And so that is what Jesus invites us to do.  To stop worrying about our place in the pecking order, and start worrying about how we love others in his name.

Lord,

I pray that I may stop being childish

– wanting the best place,

 and things my way.

I pray that I may become more childlike

– accepting people for who they are,

not what they’ve got,

or have to offer me.

May I seek

not to serve myself,

but to serve others

and in and through them

you