Mark 6, 1-6 What makes a person?
When Jesus came to
The Gospel speaks about a cultural attitude that looks down on blue-collared jobs, on people whose work does not find him in the tall buildings of
But what makes a person great? David Aikman, in his book, “Great Souls” said that he has always been inspired by the lives of great people, how they have risen from adversity and maintained a kind of purity in the midst of great temptation. If we follow David Aikman’s thought, then the fishball, corn and isaw vendors, the maintenance crew and the canteen staff count as great people. If you come to get to know them, they struggle to rise from great adversity and maintained a faith in God, stronger than death or a financial crisis. The Gospel tells us that the people of
A final word. To those of you who study: remember that when you leave the university, think who have saved you from great adversity. Get to know at least one of them. The photocopier who hurriedly copied your handouts and reviewers, the isaw and fishball vendors who provided instant food that fits your meager allowance or the meal vendor who with their small capital allowed you to give you a meal on credit, or the janitor who kept your rooms clean and liveable --- these are the people to whom you owe survival in a huge university as UP. To them you owe valuable service. Consider: a tektōn --- not a king or a president --- has saved the world.