“What you thought I said was not what I meant!” And with that, a whole series of choices, decisions, plans, and events were called I.nto question simply because I had misunderstood our initial conversation. Having to walk back all that work was both embarrassing and frustration.
But that’s what happens sometimes when you misunderstand. Imagine missing the point about the most pivotal moment in history! But that is exactly what happens to our Lord’s disciples in today’s Gospel Lesson.
Look at this: The Lord said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered in to the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying. And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side, and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.”
The disciples miss the very point of the Lord’s ministry. He was going to face the Cross and soon! He was going to be killed, and His disciples weren’t able to hear it. And because of this missing the point, look what happens; they start fighting over who is more important; they start thinking it’s their job to correct everybody. In other words, the consequences of them missing the point throws their whole mission in chaos. They forget who He is and who they are.
Today, are you willing to regularly “check in” to see if you’ve missed the point of your life? Are you humble enough to admit that you need to do this now and again? The wisdom of the Faith invites you to check in with your understanding by regularly calling you to a life of repentance and humility through faithful church attendance, daily prayer, consistent confession, and religious education. Offerings to you to help you make sure you aren’t missing the point!
P.S. Fr. Lawrence Farley will be my special guest THIS SUNDAY on Faith Encouraged LIVE. We are going to talk about demons, spiritual warfare, and Halloween. I hope you’ll join me at 8 PM Sunday night for Faith Encouraged LIVE!