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Advent Meditation: Wednesday, December 4, 2019By Lissie Rhoton
Psalm 12, 13, 14, 119:1-24 • Amos 3:12-4:5 • Matthew 21:23-32
Have you opened yourself to the love of God so that God’s love pours forth to all who you meet?
Our lessons today are focused on religious people who by all outward appearances would be considered faithful and devout. In Amos, the Israelites are bringing regular sacrifices and tithes, but at the same time, they have built up their own wealth and ignored the poor and oppressed among them. Because they have ignored their neighbors, their ritual only magnifies their sin.
Likewise, in Matthew, Jesus is speaking to the religious leaders who devoutly interpret and carry out the law, but do not allow it to touch their lives. They have told the Father, “I go, sir,” but their lives do not show forth their going. Their ritual has become empty.
We are prone to read ourselves on the side of the faithful particularly in the Psalms, but faithfulness to God who is on the side of the poor is not our natural state. We should be careful to listen for the voices of the poor crying out against us, and seek repentance and healing when we find ourselves in the role of oppressor. Our coming to God daily and in our corporate prayer can form us in his love, but only if we open our hearts to receive it. We must then remain in that state of vulnerability as God’s love pours forth in overflow.
God, you pour out your love on our lives day by day. May our lives make manifest your redeeming love to all we meet.
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