Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Ransom for Many

While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:17-28

A Ransom for Many

The mother wanted privileges for her son
and the others were incensed and angry
none of would choose to be servants
all of wants to be seen as star material.

In God's eyes we are star material
each of equal value and precious
the most precious are the ones bent
for the care and feeding of others.

We ache to lead the festive parade
when it is holy to follow behind
when it is a gift to clean up after
all the messy and needy children.

We are built for love and caring
not built for war and destruction
we are made for following the teacher
not for overthrowing with hate.

God's love is more than enough
for each and everyone of us
challenged, gifted and differently abled
we live to be made whole by love.

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