Daily Devotion for October 5, 2009
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Prayer for the Morning
Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.
Community of PrayerMay the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Gospel of Matthew 10:34-42, 11:1
Christ Instructs His Apostles 
Do not think that I came to bring peace to the earth: I came not to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law: and a man's own household will be his foes.
He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that does not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me.
He that finds his life will lose it; and he that loses his life for my sake will find it. He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me. He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward: and he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
And whoever gives to one of these little ones only a cup of cold water, in the name of a disciple, truly I tell you: he will not lose his reward.And when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he departed from that place, to teach and preach in their cities.
Young's Literal Translation
"and whoever may give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say to you, he may not lose his reward."
Note on the Scripture
The last verse of Matthew 10 is difficult to translate. Giving water to drink may imply that the giver could do more, or it may not. Nor is it clear who "these little ones" refers to; possibly he is pointing to a group of children.
What is clear, is this: Christ emphasizes the smallness of the act; giving the least important person the smallest gift possible, and not even directly in his name, but in the name of a disciple. So when he says "will not lose his reward", he means that people who aid his ministry will not be deprived of eternal life because their contribution is small. It is a message of reassurance, that the giving of earthly alms is qualified by the act, not the amount given. Whether this is intended to reassure only poor people who cannot give much, or the wealthier who do not give all that they conceivably could, is the unclear part.
The rest of the text does not require comment. It may be hard to accept, and there may be problems in how to apply the principles to daily life, but the language is clear and unambiguous.