Isaiah 6:1-2,3-8; Psalms 138:1-5,7-8; I Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11
There is a little story (it’s only a story) in which Jesus decides that He is ready to choose His twelve Apostles. He rules out ordinary methods of advertising as inadequate. Consequently, He decides to stage an Olympics from which the twelve would be chosen. Participants come from all over and the competition is fierce . . .
First comes the Olympic “Prayer Event.” All the contestants have practiced long and hard as evidenced by the speed with which they recite prayer after prayer. Some try to impress Jesus with big words. Some use lofty words. Others emphasize pious words. But Jesus selects none of them. They recited just words: their hearts weren’t in it.
Next comes the “Worship Event.” These contestants too are well-prepared. Some are wearing very colorful, garments. Some present beautiful music. Some emphasize showy gestures. But, again, Jesus chooses none of them. They performed with precision, but their hearts weren’t in it.
Then comes the “Teaching Event.” These contestants also…