God is always ready to make things right. We are the ones who mess up, who walk away from God. Yet God is always waiting to welcome us back with open arms. Here is what the Lord says in the first reading today from Isaiah 1: “Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool. If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land.” Are you willing? Are you willing to obey?
In the Gospel reading from Matthew 23, Jesus tells His disciples about the scribes and the Pharisees. He says, “Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.” Ah, the old “do as they say but not as they do” message.
Practicing what you preach can be downright impossible. I speak from experience, because I “preach” every day. As a matter of fact, so do you. Now, you may not do so from a pulpit or a microphone or even a street corner. But preach you do. By virtue of the fact that we claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ, we are “preaching.” When you make public your faith, you are called to abide by that faith. We don’t need words to preach. Our actions preach for us. Our actions tell others what we believe. So…what kind of sermon are you preaching today? Because whatever kind of behavior you’re practicing, that’s what you’re preaching.
Father, help us today to be better disciples of Jesus Christ. May we imitate Him in all of our practices, so that our preaching will be pure. Amen.
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