Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Epiphany 4 A - Micah 6:1-8

Micah 6:1-8
It is one thing to be told what the Lord requires and quite another to do it. And even though there is no middle ground with a requirement we still try to live there. I’ll work for justice but only for the worthy. I’ll love mercy but not too much lest the guilty go free. I’ll walk humbly with the Lord for an hour a week; isn’t that enough exercise? And like the people of Micah’s time we substitute superficial acts of sacrifice or piety for a real relationship with the One who tells us what is good.  Doing justice, loving mercy, walking humbly with God is good. Good for others. Good for us. Good for God. In the sacrifice of justice, mercy and humility God is pleased and the reign of God is continually coming as the will of God is done. That is why the prophets speaking for God imaged the future day of peace in poetic language; so that we would long for it so desperately we would work for it in the here and now. Not that lambs trust lions well enough to lie down with them just yet but that we would trust God enough to live the dream of the future before it is fully realized. So you know what to do. Just do it.

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