Friday, November 6, 2015

Radically Welcoming

Background reading: Mark 10:42-45
Daily reading: Mark 9:33-37
Friday November 6, 2015

Focus passage: He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

The disciples are arguing about who is the greatest in the scripture passage for today.  Jesus calls them and teaches them with word and action what it means to follow and serve.  It begins by embracing a servant ministry and not waiting to be served.  He then embodies the lesson by welcoming children, literally!

In order to restore our broken world, Jesus calls us to help in the kingdom work of turning the world right-side-up and that starts with compassionate acts of service.  It starts with us humbly placing God in the center of our lives.

We are to be radically welcoming to those on the margins, to those that have not been allowed a voice.  We are to welcome the children just as they are.

Radical welcome means being open to embracing those that are different than you and accepting them as they are.

Prayer:  God may your Spirit infuse my daily living, may I be the presence of love, mercy, compassion, faithfulness, goodness, justice, joy, peace, kindness and forgiveness to others.  Show me the way to go!  Amen.

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