Feb. 26: A bucket list calling
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I remember curling up on my dad´s lap when I was a child. His famous question was, “Kelsey, what do you want to do when you grow up?”
Years later, as my family sits around the table at breakfast we discuss the same question: what do we want to do with our lives? Dreams of ice skaters and astronauts have turned into a bucket list brainstorming session of things we’d like to do before we “kick the bucket” or pass away.
In today’s passage, Jesus shows his understanding that the future holds death. We see that he remains undaunted and set on his “bucket list,” or the tasks ahead. I believe Jesus’ model is a calling for each one of us to continue our daily work of stepping outside of our comfort zone and loving the “unlovable.”
As our lives unfold, my hope is that we continue to ask the question of what we want to do with our lives. My prayer is that our answer may be guided by our calling and that we will stand firm in it, until the very end.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:31-35 (NRSV)
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’