Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 23 Year 1
“As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someonedressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.” (Matthew 11: 7 – 9)
Jesus explains to the people that they have to be open to how God is working with people without any preconceived notion about what to expect. God uses those who will let God use them.
All through scripture we see a God who surprises us. We see a God who blesses us through one man (Abraham) who dares to put to death his own son in obedience to God in Genesis. We see a God who finds a way through the sea when the Israelites thought they were doomed by the onrush of the Egyptians in Exodus. We see a God who comes to us for our salvation as a human baby born of Mary in the Gospel. Yes, God works with us to save us. And yet, the only thing we can be sure of is that we don’t know how God will act next.
We need not go anywhere to look for anything. God will use you or me wherever we are as God sees fit if you or I will surrender to God like Abraham, Moses, and Mary for the sake of others as God did with John the Baptist in the wilderness.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+