Stand in the way of sinners…?
Gift: Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.
Reading: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the way* of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers. Rather, the law of the LORD* is his joy; and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalms 1:1-2)
Observation: As I read the readings this morning, I was looking for something to journal on the in the first reading or the gospel, after I had already heard the responsorial psalm screaming at me that it was just what I needed to hear. It is funny how even when we have the Word of God speaking to us, we can still be looking for something that we want to hear, versus what God is actually revealing. The explanation of “the way”, as it is used in the 1st verse of the 1st Psalm, is just what I needed to hear. I can only count on being blessed, if I remember that the things that I take pleasure in, should not be the same things that sinners do. In other words, even though other people are involved in sinful behavior, it does not give me the right to take part in it.
Personification: Love On other occasions when I have read these verses, I have heard the admonition to not keep company with sinners, and then saw Jesus do exactly that, and this was an obstacle to my faith. Today, I will try to hear more exactly the words of these verses and love the sinners, but do not love the sinful way they behave. In order to be an example of God’s love to others, I should not shy away from the places that sinners hang out, but remember the disciple that I am, and keep away from the sinful nature that those places may bring out in me.
Prayer: Lord, help me learn your way more completely, so I can keep away from my old sinful ways. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
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