Scripture: Mark 4:21–34
Key verse: (25) For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.
Reflection: Well, this sounds a little unfair if yet familiar: what makes success more than success? Taken at face value this sounds like Jesus either observing or endorsing the idea that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Shouldn’t those who already have some not get as much so those who have none get a little?
A promise of such material rewards would not sound much like good news to those Jesus was preaching to by the sea; they didn’t have much of those. Jesus has just shared the parable of the sower which is a clue that Jesus is not talking about wealth or material blessings but instead seems to be offering an invitation to trust, or biblically speaking: to have faith.
If you dare to trust a little you will find yourself trusting more and more each day. To try trusting God is the path to start trusting God more, a blessing that gives rise to abundant spiritual gifts. To give God nothing is to find that you are filled with exactly that.
Prayer: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things.
-Ignatius of Loyola
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].