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Lenten Devotional: Tuesday, February 27
"Already and Not Yet" - Andover Newton's Lenten Devotional Series

"Already and Not Yet" is the 2018 Lenten Daily Devotional written by members of the Andover Newton community, which is also being shared at Facebook and on Twitter. Future posts here will include links to all the previous entries for easy browsing to any you might have missed or might want to revisit.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
“Imagining Jesus” – Abner Cotto-Bonilla


It is always good to be served.
It feels good when something new comes to our table.
What satisfaction it is to enjoy ourselves in those blessings...
Especially when we have desired them.
It leads us to a comfortable space
that seems to be enjoyable.

It was a blessing to visit historical places in Israel/Palestine.
I wondered if Golgotha was located at the
Church of the Holy Sepulcher or at the Garden Tomb.
I wandered the streets of Jerusalem.
Beautiful is the view from the Mount of Beatitudes;
stunning is the sand on the Sea of Galilee.

But I will never fail to recall walking
in a forgotten village in a Muslim community
while I waited for a lecture to begin.
I saw children outside on the second floor
from a house in front of the community mosque.
They were smiling and saying ‘hi.’
A professor went to talk with the family
and a few minutes later,
the family invited my companions and me to grab tea and food.

To be served is a blessing,
but serving others is the best.
We were in that place as people who were served;
the family took the role of servants.

In that moment it occurred to me,
it was at the table and during communion
where Jesus took the role of servant,
inviting his disciples to do the same.
It was a blessing to imagine Jesus at those sites,
but it was better to imagine Jesus in that family.

Abner Cotto-Bonilla is an Andover Newton Seminary and Yale Divinity School MDiv student. He is the chair of the “Founders,” Andover Newton Seminary’s student steering committee.

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