Mi. 6:1-4, 6-8 | Ps. 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 | Mt. 12:38-42
Micah is calling the people to come to God and to offer prayer on their own behalf. God seems disturbed because the people continue to go their own way rather than follow God. A turn around takes place, and the people ask what they need to do. Should they offer sacrifices in repentance for their sins? God’s response is: “Do justice … love tenderly …. and walk humbly with your God.” How different our world would be if each of us would concentrate on following each of these ways. Jesus is asked by the Pharisees and Scribes for a sign. Jesus does not get caught in this trap. He turns the statement around and suggests that many signs have been given yet they have refused to accept them and to be changed. Jonah, the Ninevites, and the queen of the South will rise up to judge these people because they have not believed.
Do you listen to the words to do justice, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God? What area needs more attention from you? What can you learn from Jesus that will show you how to carry out these ideals? Make a decision to do one thing to grow in living these ideals. At the end of the day, check to see how well you did. Make a resolution for the next day.