Place of honor
As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” ~ Mark 12:38-40
The issue of where to sit at the table...yep. Been there.
Who gets to sit at the head when it is Thanksgiving? Is it Dad? Grandpa? Is it the one who's been slaving over the hot stove to make the meal?
We put a lot in store about "the best seats in the house." Early Christians continued to deal with this issue even after Jesus wasn't around anymore.
Aside from the wanting the best seats, there's also the issue of public declarations of faith. Those Oh-so-emotionally charged public prayers. You've seen them. Who can pray the loudest to display their faith the best?
But for Jesus, what truly displays faith? How is our faith being lived out by big public prayers when there are those in the community who not only aren't getting the best seats at the table, but can't get to the table at all?
Who is it that Jesus wants to see at the head of the table?
Who is it we are being called to bring not only to the table, but to the best seats? Who is it we are being called to pray for and how can we best pray for them?
God, please help me to move by chair aside and make room for the person I've been neglecting. Amen