Your people awaited the salvation of the just and the destruction of their foes.

(pertaining to today’s first reading: Wisdom 18:6-9)

Don’t we all want a better world than the one we presently live in? Imagine the society of your dreams: complete with global peace, freedom from want and sickness, where no one is lonely and no harm is feared.  While this is a lovely dream, the reality is what we have to work with. From here, most of us find ourselves hoping for something similar to what the Hebrews enslaved in Egypt wanted: a grand rescue for the just, a severe punishment for their enemies. It makes sense to seek this kind of justice in a generation that too often sees the just destroyed and their enemies victorious. It’s important to keep in mind another biblical injunction: God alone gets to judge who’s who and mete out the proper rewards and punishments. That activity isn’t in our hands. In the meantime, while we wait and work for a more just world, if we are indeed “the holy children of the good,” our task is to remain faithful to the God who desires a better world - even more than we do. 

Let us pray:
In every season, Lord, we’re tempted to put our hearts where our treasure is, to link our happiness with material goods. Send your Spirit to call us out of the trap of equating wealth with mere resources. Give us the courage and the freedom to use our resources for the common good. Amen.

PRAYER FOR MERCY: Lord, help me to be as merciful to those who offend me as you are with me when I offend you.

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