Scripture: Luke 6:12-26
Key verses: (20-21)
20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Reflection: I attended my son’s college graduation this past weekend. That sentence astounds me, as it seems we just dropped him off for his freshman year. The day before that, he was starting Kindergarten. Now, he is on the cusp of everything. With a job lined up already, he is excited about the future ahead, even with lots of transition in between now and then.
It was different for my husband and me to be sitting in Kenan football stadium on a Sunday morning, instead of in worship, where we usually are. We watched the thousands of students file into their seats, with family and friends applauding. It was a beautiful scene (even though to me, the color was a little too Carolina blue and not the prettier Duke blue shade…)
The graduation speaker was Jonathan Reckford, a one-time Executive Pastor, who is now the CEO of Habitat for Humanity. His address sounded a lot like a sermon to me, and one that I hope the graduates internalize. He asked them some good questions, including these:
- What voices will you allow to speak into your life?
- How will you define “rich?”
- What are you uniquely wired to do?
Our faith asks us those same questions.
- As followers of Jesus, we are called to let the voice of scripture, of Jesus, and of our faith tradition speak to us. Those are the words and instructions we are to learn, examine, and internalize as we let them guide our actions and our understanding of who we are as children of God.
- Jesus flipped the idea of what “rich” meant, calling those who are hungry and poor “blessed” and asking pointed questions of those who were conventionally rich. We are to measure our lives by a richness that comes not from monetary treasures, but something much deeper.
- We are all uniquely wired to be the selves God created us to be. Embracing that, and finding our calling in life, is a task that requires reevaluation over and over again. In this season of graduations and transitions, may we all take time to reflect on who we are, and who God is calling us to be.
Prayer: Lord, you are with me in every transition. Help me listen to you. Teach me what it means to be rich in the way you value. Show me who you have created me to be as your child, blessed to be a blessing. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[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].