2 Corinthians 4:7-15; PS 126 THose who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing; Matthew 20:20-28
"We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us..."
How do we get out of the way? How do we let God use this earthen ware?
The thing about earthen vessels, they crack.
We are cracked pots and some how unbeknown to us, God uses these cracks to let the light in, his surpassing power.
Where are you cracks? How do you let the cracks expose the power of God working in your life?
Today's gospel we experience a mother's request. Now a request from a mother can sometimes be overwhelming. Momma's usually get what they want. The measure of today's gospel is to make sure mothers want what is best.
Isn't that what hear as children, "Momma knows best!"
What does this mother of James and John want from Jesus? She wants glory for her sons, "Let them sit one at your right and one at your left, in your kingdom."
I wonder what would the world look like, feel like, be like if every mother had such aspirations for their children. If the thought glory were the first thing they thought of each morning before they got busy with all things related to their children.
How would our life be different if the thought and pursuit of glory became the coffee we drink daily?
Lastly, I leave you with few words from Pope Francis as World Youth Day kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, he describes the three attitudes of the Christian,
"hopefulness, openness to being surprised by God, and living in joy..."
"Anyone who is a man or woman of hope-the great hope which faith gives us-knows that even in the midst of difficulties God acts and he surprises us...IF we walk in hope allowing ourselves to be surprise by the new wine Jesus offers us, we have joy in our hearts and we cannot fail to witnesses of this joy."