New Testament Eucharistic Readings for Sunday of Proper 8: Year A
“Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple– truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”” (Matthew 10: 40 – 42)
If we go forth in the Name of our Lord Jesus, we present Jesus to all we encounter, if we get out of the way. We are the gift wrapped package of Jesus. Jesus then, is the package that contains God, like the Trojan Horse of the Greeks who secretly entered Troy. So within each baptized Christian is hidden our Lord Jesus, and within Jesus is God Almighty. Delivering God to anyone is wonderful but especially to those who may not know God, is the most important thing any of us can do. And we don’t do it alone. We let go and let God; we let God work through us.
Now, after this opening statement, comes the “reward” language, which I don’t care for. The prophet’s reward, the righteous person’s reward, and even the compassionate person’s reward, seems to encourage us to do good in order to receive the appropriate (and expected) reward. Let’s just be like Mary, and be God-bearers. Mary partnered with, and co-created with God not for herself but for the salvation of the world. Let her words resonate within ourselves, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1: 38)
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John