Thursday 13 December 2018
Isaiah 41:13-20. Psalm 144(145):1, 9-13. Matthew 11:11-15.
The Lord is kind and merciful; slow to anger, and rich in compassion – Psalm 144(145):1, 9-13.
‘The least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.’
A reversal of conventional values turns up again. Jesus has been speaking with admiration and affection of John the Baptist. Yet the least in the kingdom will be greater. In the end, we are all just human beings.
The wealthy or powerful can cover their nakedness and hide behind masks or roles, while the poor stand exposed in their struggles and failures. They stand before God and other people just as they are.
Jesus, let me allow the poor to reveal to me my manipulations, the ways I use people, my petty deceits, my rationalisations and excuses. When I stand before you in truth, your transforming love can most fully break through.