I’ve been teaching a class on Matthew’ gospel on Sunday mornings for the last 20-some weeks. It is impossible to escape what I think others have called “The Great Reversal.” The rich become poor while the poor become rich; the greatest become the least while the least become the greatest; the ruler becomes the servant while the servant becomes the ruler; the first becomes last while the last becomes first. How do I live in such a way that when this takes place in its entirety I do not find myself on the wrong end? How do I invite others to live in this same way?
What makes it really hard is that I tend to already view myself as someone on the wrong end of things. The truth is: I am wealthy; I have much and a position that affords me some level of authority; I am among the first, in the many forms that being first takes. The truth is, if you are reading this then so are you.
So what are we going to do about this?