MONDAY, October 19 Saint Luke (tr.)
Psalm 147. The LORD…heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars and calls them all by their names.
I want to please God, not because of the threat of God’s punishment but because God chooses to heal me and others. I might obey a God of fear, but I am not inspired by fear. Perhaps God could tell me by threats and intimidation exactly the life I need to live to find salvation and transcendence. But isn’t there something dissonant about using fear to inspire a life of love?
Wouldn’t this world be better changed by people who want to change it?
PRAY for the Diocese of The Murray (South Australia, Australia)
Ecclesiasticus 38:1-4, 6-10, 12-14; 2 Timothy 4:5-13; Luke 4:14-21