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First and With the Last: a Reflection on Psalm 27, Isaiah 41:1-16, Ephesians 2:1-10, and Mark 1:29-4

God states that he is first and with the last. What does that mean?

The I am who I am appears to have a preferential option for the lost, marginalized, oppressed, disenfranchised, least, and last.

Well it is more than “appears.” God does. Take the healings that Jesus performed. Those healed were not necessarily successful or established. Not many, if any, on the Who’s Who List.

God created human for good works, works that were prepared beforehand…from the beginning…works to be our way of life. Hmm. I’m missing the mark. In fact, I remarked to a friend today that ministry is more and more difficult, because human is losing any sense of “need.” In fact, most of us see ourselves as first and have no desire to be with the last…the dregs of society.

Jesus came with a message and he stuck to it. He came for the lost and the sick; to give good news in word and deed. If we cannot see ourselves as either, well, the deafness will continue toward God’s voice.

Scripture readings are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.

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