Week of: May 14, 2017
Scripture: John 14:1-14
I am telling you the truth: whoever believes in me will do what I do — yes, will do even greater things ...
(John 14:12, GNB)
I have often been personally challenged by these words of Jesus. Sometimes, I rationalize that Jesus was talking to his "chosen 12"; surely this does not mean that I could do greater things than him!
Jesus was so inspirational, wise, all knowing. He healed people — even raised them from the dead! He forgave people of their sins! And, I should do MORE than this?
Recently I went to the Art Institute of Chicago to enjoy a presentation made by a fellow parishioner and perused the exhibits afterwards. I was reminded that much of “art” speaks a truth, a social injustice, and emotions that otherwise might not be brought to our attention.
As a fine art minister, we create, or select and use, what speaks artfully and beautifully of Christian theology — a theology which calls people to social justice, to the need for kindness, compassion, understanding or simply a closer relationship to God. If many are called to this and other elements of ministry, then collectively we can accomplish more than Jesus did in his few short years of ministry.
I am a small part of something much greater than myself. Perhaps therein lies Jesus’ point.
Holy Lord, thank you for life and an opportunity to serve you, to serve others, and be part of a voice that continues in your name. Amen.