“Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News!”
Luke seems to take a step back and offer a summary of the previous episodes of activity….preaching, questions, attempts to trap, unwillingness to receive the answers, even rejection. All the efforts of Jesus for his own people seem to be summed up in the lament “Yes there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last”.
However the truth of that statement continues in our age. The new chosen people, the sons and daughters referred to in the letter to the Hebrews. We are those chosen to take the mission to the 21st century. What happens to us if we, in a sense, “drop the ball” as has happened in and to previous generations?
It happened to Isaiah and the people in his time. There was obviously some concern early in the life of the new Christian community, and the letter to the Hebrews attempts to give hope and encouragement to those who felt they had limp arms and trembling knees.
After all his words on the way up to Jerusalem, one can sense a degree of frustration in Jesus’ word today. “Can’t they hear? Can’t they listen? Can’t they see? ”
So try your best. Give it a go. Give it your best shot! You may well find yourself at the feast in the Kingdom of God.
- The Retreat / formation weekend is progressing at a fine pace with many new couples. New Zealand is represented and we are tapping into a huge store of experience and talent…all good!