Made to Be Great
Have you ever gotten lost in your daydreams about being somewhere else, being someone else, being bound for greatness? Maybe you have a talent that as a child and teenager, you thought may lead you to greatness, start a career somewhere that will make you famous, possibly rich. However, as you grow and mature, you begin to realize that being 'great' and destined to do great things (or as Ben Parker from Spider Man would say: "With great power, comes great responsibility"), means much more than having a talent that can make you a star or having lots of money. God shows us that we are all made to be wonders in the world, to do great things through Him, as we are all made in His very image and likeness. We all are given the chance to shine and be light for the world, showing God's love through who we are as people, using our gifts to be disciples that bring the Good News. Is there any better way to be 'great'?
Today's Gospel states: 'And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?"' (Luke 4:14-22).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus had just appeared to be an ordinary man to the people, yet showed them that God was with him, and that he could do extraordinary things with God on his side. Jesus was merely a carpenter's son, and so no one would think him to be more than that. Yet, he steps us and speaks words of Scripture to them, interpreting as if he had studied for years. Like Jesus, God fills each of us with the power of the Holy Spirit to go forward and be people of wisdom and love, spreading the Good News. We were each made special, one of a kind, to be people who love and are loved, to speak God's will, each in our own way. For me, that comes through music, and written word. How is God using you to be great? Take some time today to pray and ask God to help you be 'great' in your way as His disciple.
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me unique in Your very image and likeness. Help me to embrace the gifts You have given me and shine as one of Your disciples.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.