Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Today, in Mercy, what an interesting prayer we find in Proverbs! The speaker beseeches God to grant him two things before death:
- to be surrounded by truth and
- to be neither rich nor poor
A fascinating and radical request, don’t you think? And we get eavesdrop on it.
The supplicant fears riches because they may cause him to forget his need for God.
He fears poverty because it might cause him to steal and thus betray God’s law.
All he wants is a nice, even life with not too much drama. I get it, don’t you!
In our Gospel, Jesus sends his disciples out, telling them to let go of drama too. If people don’t engage you, move on he says. He instructs them not to be caught up in material possessions, but to leave all behind that for the sake of the truth they will be preaching.
Both these readings are really about truth and freedom, two gifts that allow us to live in grace, hope and joy. They are about not being bound by our possessions, our pretenses, our success, or what people think of us. They are about being at peace with who we really are before God and others.
The Proverbs passage makes me wonder— if someone were eavesdropping on our most radical prayer, what things they might they hear us asking for? What is it that would free us to be our truest selves before God?
Some quiet music to think about that question:
Anchoress ~ Kerani