Monday 31 August 2020

About Today Readings

1 Corinthians 2:1-5. Lord, I love your commands – Psalm 118(119):97-102. Luke 4:16-30.

‘Lord, I love your commands.’

Power. That which allows you to take orders from no one, to carry out your project with no inhibitions, no obstacles and no challenges. This is what we strive for when we pursue power and authority. This is, however, far from Herod’s experience of power.

Herod found himself enslaved, so smitten by his own desires that he gave away that very power he had boasted of. He centred his authority around himself and his own fancies, but it was by pursuing his every whim that he rendered himself powerless before a dancing girl. We are called, instead, to love the commands of the Lord, and to find our hope not upon our transient human desires but upon the true power of God.

We are called to forego our own limited yearnings for power and independence, and build our true strength and wisdom on God’s everlasting precepts.

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