All evil must be left behind…
Gift: Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
Reading: Jeremiah said to the princes and all the people: “It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and city everything you have heard. Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds; listen to the voice of the LORD your God, so that the LORD will have a change of heart regarding the evil he has spoken against you. As for me, I am in your hands; do with me what is good and right in your eyes. But you should certainly know that by putting me to death, you bring innocent blood on yourselves, on this city and its inhabitants. For in truth it was the LORD who sent me to you, to speak all these words for you to hear.” (Jeremiah 26:12-15)
Observation: I am reading in the first reading, an admonition to all of us to repent of the evil in our life, so that God will repent of the evil that he will rain down on us in judgment for choosing evil over Him. If we do choose God, we can count on His protection over our lives. Even the worst situation is a gift when seen through the eyes of faith, but the best situations will be seen as a curse to those that are not in God’s grace and not following His will for their lives.
Personification: Self-Control. If I can focus on God’s will for my life and not on whatever evil I have gotten comfortable with, I will be able to display the fruit of self-control. The best scenario would be to never get comfortable with evil, but our lives make that impossible sometimes. The grace of God will come to those that repent of the evil when they recognize it in their life, or they are made aware of it by people who love them.
Prayer: Lord, help me repent of whatever evil exists in my life, and help me be a prophet to those who cannot recognize the evil in their life. 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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