So much happens in these few verses: Jesus hears that John has been put in prison, he goes to live in Capernaum, he starts to preach, he calls the first disciples, he teaches in the synagogue, he heals people, all within 11 short verses.
My first inclination was to write about “calling” – I know that so many of you are living out a particular calling to amazing ministry, but also that many of us struggle with the idea of “calling”.
But my eyes were drawn again and again to the three verses that seem not to fit in the narration of all the things Jesus did. Where most of this reading focuses on activity and action, vs 14-16 suddenly deals with motivation. We read that the move to Capernaum happened to fulfill a prophecy of Isaiah, which is highlighted in vs 16:
“the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
Thinking about this “different” bit in the middle of the reading, I wonder why this was put in the text. Why was this motivation seen as important enough to “interrupt” the list of activities. I think that this ‘insert’, this interruption, changes all the activity. Activity is transformed into something that can change lives, the motivation transforms the preaching, calling, teaching, healing into something profound.
I would like to share a prayer from John van de Laar and encourage you to read the rest of the Eucharist Liturgy linked below. 1
To think about: How can the light of Christ transform our calling to ministy, particularly ministry in a time of HIV.
1. From Food For The Road: Life Lessons From The Lord’s Table, © 2005 John van de Laar http://www.sacredise.com/files/liturgies/fftr/A%20Liturgy%20for%20a%20Fo…
Written by: Lyn van Rooyen, CABSA Director