In the Gospel reading today from Luke 9, the disciples of Jesus argue about who among them is the greatest. Jesus brings a child into their midst and says, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”
Jesus once said, “With God, all things are possible.” This is the message that the Lord conveys through the prophet Zechariah in today’s first reading. He will renew Jerusalem. The children of Israel have been scattered. They are but a shell of their former glory. Only a remnant remains. And perhaps hope had been lost. But God’s promises remain forever. As it says at the end of today’s first reading, “They shall be my people, and I will be their God, with faithfulness and justice.”
Have you ever felt as though you were in an impossible situation? Perhaps you, like the children of Israel, had lost hope. Those are the times that we must remember the promises of God. He will never leave you or forsake you. He loves you and will always do what is best for you. It may not be something we’re very pleased with in the moment. But I believe that as we look back on our lives, we’ll come to realize that God always works things out in the end – even those impossible situations.
Father, forgive us for the times that we lose hope, when we think that things are even too big for you. Help us to always remember that you are God of the impossible. Amen.