I remember my first Jeep run at night.
Only the lead Jeep had its headlights on, to light up the trail. The rest of us used just our parking lights.
It kept the lights on the Jeep behind you from blinding you. But it also meant that you could only see two things.
Taillights way up ahead. And the next couple feet of trail in front of you.
The trail we were on was really rough. Part of it ran on the edge of a deep ravine. Even going slow, you couldn’t afford to take your eyes off it. Not for a moment.
One wrong move, and you’d find out what was at the bottom of the ravine. The hard way.
There was no time to worry about what was up ahead.
Much less the cookout we had planned for afterwards.
It’s the same thing we see in today’s Gospel.
James and John, and even their mom, are worried about the payoff at the end. About making sure that it’s everything they hoped it would be.
Jesus doesn’t give them what they’re asking for. To fast forward to the end.
Instead Jesus calls them back. Back to what’s right in front of them.
To the people, the needs, and even the problems. Right in front of them.
The same way that Jesus calls each one of us back.
Back to what’s right in front of us.
Back to the only road that will take us to everything that God has prepared for us.Read More