READINGOld Testament: Genesis 48:8-22
Psalms: Psalms 66, 67, 19, 46
New Testament: Romans 8:11-25
Gospel: John 6:27-40
Evening Psalms: 19,46
DEVOTIONALI have shewed you all things, how that laboring ye ought to support the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'." (Acts 20:35; King James Version)
In today's Old Testament reading, Joseph's father bestows his blessing on Joseph's two sons. However, it is unusual that the father's blessing is in conflict with proprietary actions of the time. The second son, not the first born, is the recipient of the highest blessing. Why? I believe that this action sets the tone for some of the things God expects from us.
God sent his son, Jesus, to our world as the son of a carpenter and a very young everyday woman. He wasn't sent to a family of the rich and famous. Jesus chose his disciples from the everyday, not kings and the affluent, but fishermen, a tax collector, and others who lived in the everyday life. Ordinary people.
Recently, I had the privilege to help two families with the funeral receptions for their loved ones. These families were not members of Saint Matthew's. I felt good that I was able to offer service, a smile, comfort, and maybe a little hope. I listened to their stories of their loved ones and told them about Saint Matthew's good works. Maybe they will join us sometime, maybe not, but I think they were touched somewhere in their hearts with my efforts and also with Saint Matthew’s.
As is the case with many people, I have wanted to be a great singer, a great mind, a great writer, etc. But, alas, I am just an ordinary kind of girl; but maybe not. Saint Matthew's has many ordinary people; they wash the communion cups, arrange flowers, serve coffee, plant community gardens, serve community lunches, and feed hungry children. Ordinary people, yet doing more than ordinary work in service to God. During this time of Lent (rebirth), I believe that we should look for that hand on our shoulder, giving us, His ordinary people, the blessing to go forth and do His good work.