Reading: Matthew 21: 33-46 (Click to read text)
Reflection: In the last few weeks, we've been reading Gospel lessons that talk about how landowners deal with their workers. And every time, just when we think we know how the characters in the story will react, Jesus throws a wrench into the works. Our thinking does not always compare to God's thinking.
In this story, Jesus foretells how he will be rejected. And those leaders around him are ready to end this, but fear backlash from the crowd. So, they don't react initially but wait. It occurs to me that if God were in their shoes, God would react quite differently!
How do you react? Do you react quickly, using only your human mind? Or, do you stop, pause, pray to God, and seek guidance on how to react. Maybe the second scenario will afford you the opportunity to think more "divinely" about how to react.
In the last several weeks, as I've been reading these gospel texts, I've had to remind myself in situations that I don't have to react only as I think I should. Instead, I should seek guidance from God, through prayer and the Spirit, to maybe take a different course. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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