Not So Common Lectionary Thoughts: October 30, 2011

I remember my first mission trip. I went with two teams from my local church into a rural area of Mexico. While there to serve I learned how limited my gifts and graces were until I allowed myself to be served by the very people I thought I would be serving. Talk about a humbling experience! I left that place with a group of brothers and sisters, lifelong friends, that I might never have seen as such if I had not humbled myself for service to God.

“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.” ~ Matthew 23:1-12

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