The scribes that Jesus disagreed with in our gospel story for today spent much of their lives studying and trying to understand the Law and the Prophets. That wasn't the issue. What was at issue was that they still understood power they way the world does. While they were praying loudly on the street corners, Jesus was quietly healing the sick and lame. While they were sitting at the best places at banquets, Jesus was eating with tax-collectors and sinners. While they were getting all that they could from life, Jesus was quietly giving his life for our sake... and that is what we remember here and now.
Let us pray.
God whose power is made perfect in what seems like weakness, we thank you for Jesus, the one who came to show us how to live and the one who died so that we could live with you. Thank you for these symbols, which remind us of your son's sacrifice to defeat sin and death. As we take the bread and cup, set our minds and hearts in tune with you that we may live lives, not seeking power and prestige but seeking servanthood and service, showing the power of God as you did.
In the name of Jesus, our Christ, Amen.