A Shift in Thinking
Reading of the Day
In today’s readings we hear a call to be realistic about ourselves and our God. In the first reading the Lord says, “Come now, let us set things right,” and proceeds to tell us that if we cease our evil way, then we will open are capacity to experience God’s love. But for that to happen we have to shift focus from our self-serving desires to desiring to do good by serving others through justice.
The gospel reminds that desiring to do good to/for others requires us to be humble of heart. When we are realistic about our God we realize that what is important to the world (and us) may not be important to God. It may be important for us to get people to think we are great and holy people and we accomplish that by simply saying and doing all of the “right” things when people can see us and marvel at our grandeur. God doesn’t ask this of us. Most of what we perceive as great is meaningless to God. What God does ask of us is look out for our brothers and sisters with sincerity at all times… not just when others will see us.