Friday, March 02, 2012

Friday, 03/02/12

Gospel: Mark 2:13-22
Old Testament: Genesis 40:1-23
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Psalms: 40, 54, 51

Several years ago, I went on a mission trip to Slovakia to help convert an old school into a new church.  Our job was to demolish most of the interior cinder block walls to make space for a sanctuary.

The trip had been described as one of construction and physical work, so I was surprised to see that an elderly gentleman had joined us.  Although he was very nice, I wondered what meaningful part he could possibly play in construction work.

On the construction site, it was hard work swinging sledge hammers and hauling debris to a dumpster outside.  You had to leave the building with a wheelbarrow laden with broken cinder block, navigate down a set of steps on a makeshift ramp, and dump the blocks into a dumpster.  If the load wasn't well-balanced, it would tip over and spill.  As the dumpster filled, it became practically impossible to get a wheelbarrow to the top of the pile.

However, as you left the building, you saw him – the elderly gentleman.  He was there  ensuring that the way was clear, helping make sure the wheelbarrow did not tip on the ramp, and providing the extra push to get it to the top of the pile of rubble.  These were all things that even us strong young men could not do alone.

In some ways, it seemed like a cliché that the elderly man, who I thought wouldn’t be able to contribute as much as the rest of us,
ended up filling a role that I could not; that without him I could not have done the job I had traveled 4,500 miles to do.

Is that any more amazing than having Levi, the man Jesus called to follow Him, and whom the Pharisees criticized, become known as Matthew, one Jesus' twelve disciples?


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