First Reading: Jeremiah 38: 4-6, 8-10
Psalm Response: Psalm 40: 2-4, 18
Second Reading: Hebrews 12: 1-4
Gospel: Luke 12: 49-53
In the psalm today we are encouraged to cry out to the Lord–to make our steps firm, to put a new song into our mouths, and to trust in the Lord. In this time it is difficult not to get caught up in all the confusion and hatred evident in our world. Today we are called to act for the good of all people while trusting in them and God that such good will triumphant over that which overwhelms us. Now is the time to act for peace among family, friends, those we encounter and those who are strangers to us. We are surrounded by division over the little “things”. We see division in the big “things” happening on the world stage. It is time for us to be people of peace, compassion and love. In Hebrews we are told not to grow despondent or to abandon the struggle, but to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Jesus is our example, the one we believe lives within us and helps us perfect our faith and the actions that come from that faith. Perhaps it is the moment where we should quiet ourselves and seek that faith we find in God and God’s compassionate presence. Then with that strength, act in it and from it. Then the psalmist’s words echo that our steps will be made firm and a new song will come into our mouths.
Compassionate God, we admit that we are often weak and discouraged about problems in our lives and in our world. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on peace and the compassion you show us in our day to day lives and be within that we might act out of that compassion, trusting in your loving care for us and all people of the earth.