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Readings for June 27, 2021: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. 2 Corinthians 8:13-15
In this week’s scripture reading, Paul is telling the Corinthians about how the Macedonian Christians, although poor themselves, were exceedingly, and surprisingly, generous towards the collection that was being taken to provide for the poor in the church at Jerusalem. Paul is trying to encourage the Corinthians to give as well with the ultimate goal being that all people are cared for and that equality is achieved among all the churches.
This passage is for us too; that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we should support one another so that one does not experience poverty while another experiences plenty, but that together we support each other and have all that we need. Funny isn’t it; that this is exactly the type of thing we are hearing over and over again, in the media, these days? We are bombarded with how there is so much inequality for so many different groups, demographics, and cultures these days. However, the blame is always shifted to this organization or that, to this government party or that leader.
Perhaps we should take Paul’s words to heart for ourselves. Instead of laying blame on others for the inequalities, what about if each of us became accountable to being the agent of change for another person. Whether it be a phone call or social distant visit for socialization, a meal to sooth hunger pains, clothes to help dress, a card to encourage, or money to help cover an expense, think about how you can provide a little bit of equality to someone who is living in want. Let’s stop placing the blame elsewhere, and be the people Christ calls us to be by being part of the solution to bring equality to those around us. In Christ, this is our privilege. Let it also be our goal.
Prayer: Dear Lord, in so many ways you have blessed me. Show me who is in need of something you have exceedingly blessed me with. Open my heart to give willingly, like the Macedonians, in order to raise others up and lessen life’s inequalities. Be with all of your followers that we may care for each other and those around us. To you alone be the glory! In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!