Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Today, in Mercy, it is Joshua’s turn for a farewell speech. He counsels the Israelites:

If it does not please you to serve the LORD,

decide today whom you will serve,

the gods your fathers served beyond the River

or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.

Clearly, Joshua and his community have not yet rejected the concept of multiple gods. That might sound extremely primitive to us after millennia of Judea-Christian monotheism.

But then again, I wonder. Might we still not say today that people honor multiple gods? We just call them by different names: money, glamour, power, addictive dependencies, prejudices, self-promoting caste systems……. Really, where the rubber meets the road, whom/what do we serve?

So let’s listen to Joshua’s admonition to DECIDE which “god” we serve, because that is the one by which we will live and die.

May we have the spiritual insight and courage to always sing, as Joshua did:

“As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Music: As for Me and My House – John Waller

Lyrics below

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I’m done
Building my own kingdom
No more
Seeking worthless idols
Like sheep we have all gone astray
We must choose this day
Whom we will serve
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
Idols raised, tear them down
Cause we will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
To one king we bow down
As for me and my house
We will only serve the Lord
I’m done
With powerless religion
No more
Living in deception
Like sheep we have all gone astray
We must choose this day
Whom we will serve
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
Idols raised, tear them down
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
To one king we bow down
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will cross over Jordan
We will claim what you promised
We will cross over Jordan
We will claim what you promised
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
Idols raised, tear them down
Cause we will serve the Lord
We will serve the Lord
And we will not give our hearts to another
Will not give our hearts to another
We belong to the Lord
We will not give our hearts to another
Will not give our hearts to another
We will only serve the Lord
As for me and my house

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