Do not rely on your wealth, or say, ‘I have enough.’ Do not follow your inclination and strength in pursuing the desires of your heart. Do not say, ‘Who can have power over me?’ for the Lord will surely punish you. Do not say, ‘I sinned, yet what has happened to me?’ for the Lord is slow to anger. Do not be so confident of forgiveness that you add sin to sin. Do not say, ‘His mercy is great, he will forgive the multitude of my sins’, for both mercy and wrath are with him, and his anger will rest on sinners.
Do not delay to turn back to the Lord, and do not postpone it from day to day; for suddenly the wrath of the Lord will come upon you, and at the time of punishment you will perish. Do not depend on dishonest wealth, for it will not benefit you on the day of calamity.
Today is Thursday the 28 February, in the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time.
Salt of the Sound sing, ‘Your Ways’. Take a moment to reflect on the ways of the Lord as you enter into prayer today…ways that our much higher than ours.
Today’s reading is from the Book of Ecclesiasticus.
This is quite a challenging reading today, but as you listened to it, what came to mind? Were you worried? ... or assured? Uncomfortable? ... or at ease?
Sometimes it is important to hear these warnings from God. To remember that we cannot rest on our laurels! It is far too easy to be comfortable with the way things are, this is His way of telling us to wake up! Smell the coffee! All is not well! Look around you, what could you be doing differently? Yes God loves us... but shouldn’t we want to please the God whose love for us is endless?
Listen again, and this time, try and listen as if it is advice being given to you by a close friend.
Advice can be given but it is the receiver that decides what to do with it. It would be too easy to shrug this off as simply a list of Do Not’s, but can I pray today for an open heart for God’s desires, God’s will to flourish in me?