Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 1:11, 16-17

Monday, August 5, 2013 – Proper 14/Ordinary 19, Year C

Here in Memphis, the heat of August is bearing down on us, but today is the first day for students of our new, unified school district. Each of us should offer a special prayer for students, teachers and parents on this important day. The lectionary selections for this upcoming Sunday include: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 and Luke 12:32-40. Alternative selections include Genesis 15:1-6 and Psalm 33:12-22.

Isaiah 1:11, 16-17What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats…Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

God, speaking to Isaiah, is telling him that he is not interested in the actions of people offering him sacrifices. What God wants are actions that affect our neighbors – doing good, seeking justice, helping those who struggle to help themselves.

Prayer: Loving God, help us as we try to come to the aid of our neighbors this and every day. Amen.

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