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Weekly Moravian Message September 20, 2015

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 20, 2015

True Greatness

What a wonderful story this is about truly great people of God! Jesus has begun to speak about his death, and those who love him have started to argue about which of them will be the greatest when Jesus is gone.

It reminds me of the popular television show on Fox that is called Empire. It is a story of the drama of the founder’s family as they fight to win control of his company when he dies. I guess that the one who proves that he or she is greater than the rest shall win.

Which one of Jesus’s disciples shall be greatest? Well, to answer that question, Jesus gives two prescriptions in our Gospel text for today. First, the one who desires to be great must become the least important and the willing servant of all. We must give up ambitions of greatness and choose the life of servanthood. Second, the servants’ service must be lovingly focused on the welfare of those that are like children in our societies. A child who has no parent or guardian is most vulnerable, and likewise we must seek to serve the most vulnerable people in our world.

Jesus says, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me” (Mark 9:37).

Nigel Powell, pastor, United Moravian Church, New York, New York

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, January 20 — Psalm 15
Genesis 23:1–24:25; Matthew 8:23–34

God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. Genesis 1:3

God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)

Illuminate our minds, Lord Jesus, to recognize the needs of those around us. Open our hearts to share the burdens of our sisters and brothers as we hold one another in the light. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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