Luke 22:14-30: When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.
In a book called Origin Story, the author says that each person and culture has its own ‘map’ of one portion of the world. He goes on to say that language “allows us to share our individual world maps and...form maps much larger and more detailed than those created by an individual brain.”
The illustration brings home the importance of our being together as human beings. We see little of the world and understand little of God if we have only our own tiny maps to guide us. While each map has personal import and significance, it cannot be a suitable view of God’s world.
When Jesus sat down with the apostles, he reminded us of the importance of being with one another through Christ. He taught us that God, through him, shares this human life with us. If God incarnate can enter our lives and be with us, can we not find a way to be with one another? God did not exclude us from being there, so we cannot in godly faith exclude anyone else.
Ultimately, we are not self-reliant, and we are not supposed to be. We are made to be with one another, to share tragedy and triumph, not to prove our own viewpoints as the superior final word.
My map of the world, while comfortable to me, does not put me in touch with much of God’s creation. For that wider view, I need not only God, but the others: all of them.
I need a bigger map.
Psalm 31; Isaiah 7:10-25; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
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