Read this passage: Mark 3: 7-12
Does is sound familiar to the events of a couple of days ago? People come from many parts and from great distances because they have heard of this Jesus and all that he does and can do. They press around him to hear him, get a glimpse of him and, if they’re lucky, to actually touch him. It’s funny, it even seems like Jesus has his entourage, his “Secret Service” as it were, as he asks them to have a fishing boat ready for him so he could avoid the press of the crowd around him. Sound familiar?
I certainly wish President Obama all the best in his administration. And although a part of me hesitates at the amount of money spent on it during these hard economic times, his inauguration was indeed one of a kind, bringing together people of every race, background, lifestyle, economic bracket etc. I hold out great, but realistic hope for what can be done, under his leadership. I fear though that many look to him as the savior, the one who, single handedly, is going to lead the world out of its mire of economic woes, poverty and violence to the promised land. I sincerely hope for that possibility, but I think it’s good for us to keep in mind the consistent message that we’re hearing from his administration: it can’t be done alone. We all must take responsibility and do our part to make things better. If anything, he stands as a beackon, a light that is energizing many people to realize their OWN power and their possibility of making a concrete difference in the world.
In some ways I think Jesus did the same. Did he “save” the world? Was everything better after he died and rose? No. But what he did do is stand as a beackon, a light that pointed to what is possible for those who BELIEVE that they CAN be healed, that hungry masses CAN be fed and that new life CAN come from seemingly death dealing situations.
So what am I saying here? Sometimes we have a tendency to look to someone to lead us out of our darkness. We look to a savior to take us by the hand and give us everything that we want or need. I truly believe that there is a Power that can carry us and do unimaginable things within us; but I also believe that we must cooperate with that Power and do what we can to take responsibility for our lives and those of others – leading from darkness to light and new possibility.
What within me or my world needs to be “saved?” What action can I take to be a “savior” in those situations?