The Last will Be First
The first will be last and the last shall be first. Growing up, this phrase was used quite often in terms of sharing within a school setting. Often times, it was the way a teacher would teach the students to be patient, that good things would come their way if they waited their turn. Being at the end of the alphabet for last names, this was me quite often. However, as we learn to be patient, we take the time to look closer at what God has given us, to observe, to look at the needs of those around us. If we are patient, we also let those with greater need come before us, taking steps towards greater equality and helping the poor. What are areas where you need to practise greater patience?
Today's Gospel states: 'Peter began to say to him, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first"' (Mark 10:28-31).
In today's reading, we hear how Peter says to Jesus that they have left everything to follow him. Jesus tells them they will receive God's blessings for giving up everything for God's Word. If we give things up for others, for God, we feel better, more loving and fulfilled. Though it may not feel like life is giving us everything in our current situations, God tells us that as long as we invest in faith and love, we have everything. Have patience and God will lead you to where you need to be, let the last be first and give of yourself. Take some time to ask God to help you be patient and put others first.
Today's prayer comes from 'inspirational prayers' a prayer for patience as we wait on God:
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Your Word teaches me wisdom and fills me with newness of life.
As I come to you today, I bring my needs to you. Help me to lay down all my problems at your feet. Help me to lay down all my tangled thoughts and restless emotions.
Lord, I am seeking your peace and your patience. I want to learn to wait patiently for you to bring your answers to my prayers. I want to cooperate with your plans for me. Thank you for assuring me that your plans for me are good.
As I wait on you, I will continue to turn to your Word for comfort and direction. Your Word is solid and reliable.
Your Word steadies me. Your Word brings me truth. Your Word gives me strength. Your Word chases away my worry and my fears. Your Word refreshes me.
Thank you for your Word.