READINGOld Testament: Genesis 47:1-26
Psalms: Psalms 88, 91, 92
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 9:16-27
Gospel: Mark 6:47-56
Evening Psalms: 91,92
DEVOTIONALThough I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible….though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law… I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” (1 Cor. 19-23)
I remember leaving my house to head to the church at what seemed like the earliest I have ever been up. I wanted to get a good spot in the “luggage van” on the way to Chicago in order to sleep the majority of the way. That 11 hour drive felt like it took days, but it was well worth it, as it turned into a humbling experience for me.
On the ride to Chicago, I was a teenage boy who was very blessed, but had yet to truly understand to what level. I had fancy gadgets, a full stomach, and was healthy. I was unaware of the reality of the situation for other kids my age and my little sister’s age. Through working in the daycare centers in the projects of Chicago, walking the streets of the inner city, and working in the soup kitchens, I was forced to take a step into the reality of those who are not as fortunate to have all the luxuries that I have.
As my eyes were opened to the world outside of the suburbs where I was raised, I began to realize how blessed I truly am. I was humbled and became appreciative for all I have. I feel so truly blessed to have the support group that I do at church. People who have come through St. Matt’s, even for just a short period of time, have spent their time helping me. This happened because they were helped in the same way by someone else, and they were, in turn, helping me.
In today’s reading from 1 Corinthians, Paul reminds me exactly of how I should use my freedom -- to humble myself and help others around me -- in our community and beyond.