I love the disciples! I say this most often when I see myself in them, when I see that Jesus told them exactly what would happen and they still didn’t get it. I love that I see in them humanity, because it gives me hope that maybe I can accomplish something in my own Christian life, too.
I think we are at a distinct advantage here, because the idea of a Messiah who would die willingly isn’t as ridiculous to our ears as it would have been to the disciples’. We are at an advantage, and yet, we too often forget that the way Jesus rules is the opposite to what the world expects. Instead of grand gestures and powerful displays, we are called to small acts of great love.
The most powerful thing we can do is to give up our power, to give ourselves over to service of another. This is the example we receive from Jesus and this is the kind of God we worship. Every day I pray that if the disciples could do God’s work while making mistakes, then let me, too.
God of servants, teach us to be powerful in our weakness and to serve a world in need with great compassion. Amen. — JEM