Lenten Reflection Day 27: Amos 5:14

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“Seek good and not evil,

that you may live;

Then indeed the Lord, the God of hosts,

will be with you as you claim.” (Amos 5:14)

Reflection

We cannot claim the Lord as our God when our faith does not match our actions. Lent is a training season to live-out our claim that God is with us. We do that with words, deeds, and sacrifices pleasing to God and edifying others.

Today’s Intention

Help us this Lent, O Lord, to seek good in ourselves, others, and the world.

Peace and Goodness

The Good Seed

Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted (Matthew 15:13).

This scripture in today’s gospel (MT 15:1-2, 10-14) reminds me of the parable of the weeds among the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30). God only plants good seed, but the enemy plants weeds among them. However, when is harvest time, his laborers will “first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning, but gather the wheat into the barn” (Matthew 13:30).

In this world, there will always be weeds among the wheat; war and peace, love and hate, good and evil. Their coexistent is humanity’s imperfection exposed. However, God’s perfection through Jesus’ divinity will free us from the weeds in our lives as today’s psalm reassure us: “The LORD looked down from his holy height, from heaven he beheld the earth, To hear the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die” (Psalm 102:20-21).

God loves us as a gardener loves his most precious flower. This may be difficult to believe because of the many heartbreaks we have experienced in our lives. As the prophet Jeremiah tell us “All your lovers have forgotten you, they do not seek you” (Jeremiah 30:14). We can be relieved that God is more than a short-lived love. He is our heavenly Father.

— God, I give my heart to you this day; may you will it to please you.–