[Jesus said,] “For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother…'” – Mark 7:10
Just one not-so-simple question, Jesus.
When my mother died, I was two hundred seventy miles away.
When my father died, I was nearly five thousand miles away.
When my mother died, I was a college student, attending classes.
When my father died, I was a pastor, leading worship that morning.
Did I claim my education (toward ministry; I knew it then) and
Did I claim my work as corban, given to you, at their expense?
Did I honor my mother according to the commandment?
Did I honor my father according to my love?
A poem/prayer based on Mark 7:1-23, the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel Reading for Year B, Proper 17 (22).
Photo by Brendan Anderson.