Fourth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Micah 6:7-8

Monday, January 23, 2017

Two very familiar passages, one from Micah and Matthew’s version of the Beatitudes, are offered for the fourth Sunday after Epiphany.  Selections include: Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and Matthew 5:1-12.

Micah 6:7-8“Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?  Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

‘…carry out fairness, be devoted to compassion and move unassumingly with God…’  We live not as islands but as people in community, and the prophet is telling us that how we care for and live with one another matters more than empty rituals.

Prayer: Almighty God, bless our efforts as we seek to do your will among our brothers and sisters.  Amen.

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