The Last Will Be First
Are you someone who speeds to work, or wherever you're going, going the very fastest you can without breaking driving laws, so as not to get pulled over by the police. We all have that tendency to go fast, to get things done quickly, no matter the consequences of rushing through. I'll admit, I definitely can have a lead foot a lot of the time when I'm driving. However, if we're constantly rushing through, eventually, we're gonna run out of fuel, or get pulled over for speeding. Think about some of the areas in your life where you tend to race through, trying to be the first to get things done, to succeed, even if it's not your best effort. God wants us to be last, to take our time, not only to let others go ahead of us, but just to slow down and really embrace everything God has to give us in life. It's difficult to slow down when you're always ahead, but God is asking us to reflect, and truly be present, a lot easier to do when you're not racing to the finish line.
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).
Today's reading talks about how the first will be last, and the last will be first. We usually take this to mean that we should help our neighbours, to be an aid for others and let them go ahead. However, it can also take the form of advice for those who are not living a present life. Think about it, if our only purpose in this life is to rush through and get everything done, where is the meaning in that? God is calling us at this very moment to be last, to slow down, to take I'm every moment, to talk to the people around us, to spend that time with loved ones. Take some time today to reflect and ask God to help you to slow down and be more present in your life, in every moment.
Today we pray:
Thank You for the life You habe given me, for creating me with purpose. I pray that You can help me take in each and every moment, and not be afraid to slow down and be last.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.