Zech 8: 1-8; PS 102: 16-21, 22-23, 29; LK 9: 46-50
Though freed from captivity in Babylon, the Israelites are decimated, dispirited and with little or no hope for themselves or Jerusalem. God sends Zechariah to tell them that He will rescue them and make them prosper. He will restore Jerusalem and they will be His people and He will be their God.
How often has He restored us; come to our aid; saved us from ourselves; and been our God? How very much do we need Him to rescue our broken world and Church? We pray in faith and hope that we will truly be His people and know that He is our loving, caring God.
Psalm 102 is often called the prayer of one in distress. The Psalmist is distraught and “…broken…” yet he also affirms that God will rebuild Zion and will restore His people and hear their prayers.
Again, we see that no matter how low we feel, no matter what beleaguers us, we are God’s people and can turn to Him in faith and hope and be assured of His love.
“For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Luke 9: 48. Is Jesus telling us to ignore the talents God has given us and not strive to use them to the fullest? Is He telling us to strive to be the least we can be? Perhaps the answers are in the sentence before that last sentence in verse 48.
“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
Perhaps the message is that Jesus wants us to use our gifts to the fullest we can, but to strive to be always aware of our dependence on Him; to trust that He will always be with us; to be humble; to always put Him first and not be concerned about what row we will be in when He brings us into the Kingdom prepared for us.