Today is Monday the 21st of July, in the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time.

The monks of Pluscarden Abbey sing venite filii, audite me.   Come, my sons and daughters, listen to me …. Come to the Lord and be enlightened; and your faces will not be put to shame.’  As I enter into prayer now, can I sense that invitation from God?    Can I hear those words spoken to me?  And accept the welcome, and that reassurance that God wants to give me?

Today’s reading is from the Prophet Micah.

Through the words of God’s prophet Micah, we experience how God feels about us.  How did you feel as you heard those impassioned words?

We hear too in this reading what God asks of us in return for everything that we have been given.  Can you think of a time when someone loved you without expecting anything in return?  What was that like? 

Listen to the reading again and notice what God is asking in return.  What feelings arise in you as you listen?

God asks you to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with him.  Can you talk to him now about how you might go about this, even in this coming week, even today, even if in a very small way?