Prepare to Listen. In your silence, offer this prayer: Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O LORD, make haste to help me! (Psalm 70:1)
Prayerfully Read Luke 22:7-13
7Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.’ 9They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for it?’ 10‘Listen,’ he said to them, ‘when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters 11and say to the owner of the house, “The teacher asks you, ‘Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’” 12He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.’ 13So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
The word prepare, in its various forms, appears four times in these verses. I suspect when Peter and John signed up to follow Jesus, they never anticipated being sent to do something as ordinary as meal preparation. True, it was for a special meal, Passover, but meal preparation is meal preparation and usually a lot more work on special occasions. And since Passover was a family meal, there was usually plenty of help. But this time the disciples were far from family. Jesus sent just two of them to prepare the Passover meal. They went. Even though Jesus’ instructions were rather outlandish, to say the least, they went. No argument. No hesitation.
Following Jesus isn’t glamorous and all of us, men and women, are asked to engage in ordinary stuff, like meal preparation. We may think we were called to more important tasks, or that our gender excludes us from such ordinary tasks, which is what the church has taught for too long, relegating women to the kitchen. But we’re all called to live in humility and if that means meal preparation, then let’s do the preparation, no argument about our gender and no hesitation.
What ordinary tasks can you help with today?
Respond to Jesus
Lord, forgive me when I think my call is above the ordinary tasks. Help me serve you humbly, with whatever preparation is needed, however quotidian. Amen.
Live obediently. Humbly take up the ordinary tasks.
I began reading my Bible when I was 8 years old. I loved it then (albeit didn't understand much) and I still love reading and studying it. I may understand a little more but I keep learning new stuff, seeing things I missed for years. This journey with Luke during Lent has been another new learning experience for me, deepening my relationship with Jesus. I pray it will do the same for you.