December 15 - 21, 2008
Lowly People, Mighty Purposes
What mighty purpose does God have for you? Ponder the question. Seriously. Again, What mighty purpose does God have for you? Most of us just smile. Mighty purposes? Me? You can't be serious! But then, what else is your life for, except God's mighty purposes?
All this Advent the lectionary readings have been about how uses common Joes and Janes like me and you to achieve mighty purposes.
Exhibit A: John the Baptizer, from the second and third week of Advent. Wild, rough, existing on a diet of bugs and honey, no one could have looked less credible on the surface. In looks and lifestyle, today's John the Baptist would probably be a homeless person, foraging for food in restaurant dumpsters and wearing clothes from Goodwill. Yet God gave John one of the most important tasks of any human: To announce the arrival of God's son.
The original wild and crazy guy, but John was perfect for the job God gave him. What other purpose would his life have been for?
Exhibit B: Mary, the simple country girl engaged to be married to the tradesman. This week's Gospel tells how God's most powerful angel appears with the message that she will play THE leading female role in the God's plan of salvation. Her "Magnificat" has inspired faithful people for centuries.
Just an ordinary girl, but Mary was perfect for the task God had for her. What other purpose would her life have been for?
When we talk about the stewardship of our lives, we have to remember God's mighty purposes for each of us. Like John the Baptizer, we may proclaim the messiah to our neighbors, friends, co-workers and relatives by modeling Christian compassion, joy and sharing the love of Christ with them.
Like Mary we may nourish the faith of children, raise them in the ways of God, so they grow up to be the young men and women that God desires for them.
Sharing faith and raising children. What mightier purposes are there?
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