Zephaniah 1: De-Creation – Part III
Holy Tuesday, April 11, 2017
At that time I will explore Jerusalem with lamps . . .
We cannot judge others. We can only gauge ourselves based on our own daily rate of improvement. My Dad always used to say: Don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else. You will always come up short. You will be far better or far worse than everyone else, and you will have not learned anything about yourself. He would continue: Compare yourself to yourself. Are you a better person today than you were yesterday? If so, good. Keep on going! If not, you need to change; you better do something about it!
Today we read about God’s wish to de-create all that God has created. Let us be like Abraham who pleaded for time to find a good man in Sodom. Let us be like Moses who pointed out to Yahweh that it would not look so good if Yahweh saved people only to destroy them. Let us be like Ruth who remains faithful against odds and all possibility. Let us be like Mary who said yes to God’s outrageous proposal to bring new life to a dead world through the promise of a child.
Let us ask intercession for all those who harm, those who hate, those who de-construct our world with their anger or indifference. Let us give thanks for creation; and let us give thanks for the de-creation that brings us to redemption. Let us praise God’s name. Let us celebrate the goodness and mercy of God. Let us intercede for one another.
Let us be co-creators and co-redeemers with God. Let us ask to participate in miracles. Let us believe in the fullness of God’s plan. Let us love all those who have abandoned God. Let us bring light in to the darkness. For this is the work of the remnant.
On this Holy Tuesday, let us be Remnant for God.
Adapted from a Favorite written on Palm Sunday, March 16, 2008.