- Sarah Beth Dippel
HE DELIGHTS IN US
TUESDAY OF THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
The readings from the Book of Micah have been so beautiful these last few days. I hope you take the time to read them. Yesterday's first reading contained this favorite verse:
Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:6-8)
To do justice refers to our relationship with others. To do the right thing seems simple, but if I've learned anything from this COVID business, doing the right thing is not always the top of people's agendas.
To love goodness refers to the kind of love and mercy at the heart of our relationship with the Lord; it is persistently faithful.
Walk Humbly With God.
To walk humbly with your God means to listen thoughtfully to the revealed will of God in our lives.
Today's reading speaks of God's great mercy. Our God is so filled with compassion for us that He "will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins." (Micah 7:19) Another verse in this reading tells us He "does not persist in anger forever, but instead delights in mercy." (Micah 7:18)
I realize I talk a LOT about failure when trying our best to love the Lord. But isn't that what this spiritual journey is? A series of struggles to be a better person today than we were yesterday? The Lord asks us to treat one another well, to love Him, and follow His will. Seemingly simple, yet I fail at one or more every day. God reassures us that His love and mercy is greater than our sin and failure.
He delights in your desire for His mercy. He delights in you.
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