If you had one wish, what would it be?
Lectionary for July 15, 2012 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
I had quite a few questions I read this text for the week.
Why does Mark interrupt the story of Jesus sending the apostles out to tell us about the death of John?
Why did the daughter listen to Herodias?
What is Herod really afraid of?
This particular verse leads me to look within myself: “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” What would I wish for? What would you wish for? Offered almost anything the nameless girl seeks the council of family and ends up with John the Baptists head. Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I would end up with someone’s head.
Take a moment to answer these three questions:
First question: what is your wish?
Second question: try to remember your thoughts over the last week or two. If your wish was built only from the thoughts you’ve had…what would the resulting wish be?
Are your thoughts dominated by money or stuff? Would this wish be an endless supply of cash?
Do you spend your time in bitterness, angry with someone that betrayed you? Would this wish be someone’s head on a platter?
Do you spend your time in gratitude and thanksgiving? Would this wish be for other’s joy and happiness?
Third question: do your answers match?
May God’s light lead you way today and every day. Peace and Blessings to you.