Reading: Matthew 20: 1-16 (Click to read text)
Reflection: This past Thursday was a big day for my daughter. She the "star" of her preschool class because it was her day to share "show and tell" and bring the snack for the children. In addition, a parent (her mother in this case) stay with the teacher to be an extra helper.
It was also Claire's day to be first in line when they took their bathroom break. When I got home that afternoon, my wife told me that she felt it would be tough to teach a class of preschoolers every day. She related that our daughter indeed started out first in line when it was time for the potty. But, by the time the class crossed the room to the hallway where the restrooms were located, Claire was at the end of the line. The other kids, in a mad dash to the restroom, had outpaced her. Claire later told me that she was permitted to go back to the front of the line for the bathroom.
As I read our familiar story gospel story for this Sunday, I thought of my daughter. She was first; then she was last; then she was first again. In preschool, it appears, the first shall be last and the last shall be first. And, that is the way it is for God. We see that in our text today. God reminds us that whether we've been a chosen child since infancy or have just decided to follow Jesus, we are one of God's children! Just as when a new baby comes into the family, there is just as much room for love as there is for our love our grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Today, think of all the times that you have been last, and first, and thank God for being part of each of those experiences! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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