The Trading Bell – Good News for February 20

20 02 2009

Mark 8:34-9:1

Jesus summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it.

What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

He also said to them, “Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the Kingdom of God has come in power.

The Daily Path: This morning, Jesus spoke at the New York Stock Exchange. There was absolute silence on the trading floor… 

How would that scenario play out? Would the silence penetrate hearts? Would it be a catalyst for real change? Or would the opening bell ring and the frenzy begin again… with the words of Jesus laying crumpled on the floor under so many feet? 

The analogy of Wall Street keeps the message at arms length… but the problem is right here in my life, too. I get caught up in the world. In possessions. In the greed of ME. And don’t be fooled. You can be just as greedy living in poverty as you can dashing about the country club.

I don’t want to be ashamed of God, nor do I want God to be ashamed of me. This is why I have to keep reminders of Him in my life  throughout the day. If I don’t… the trading floor frenzy will return and replace the silence.

Room to Chat: Today might be a good day to reflect on where greed has created a wound in our life.   Lord heal these wounds and make us whole again.