Old Testament: Zechariah 9:9-12, 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9
Morning Psalms: Psalms 24, 29
New Testament: 1 Timothy 6:12-16
Gospel: Luke 19:41-48
Evening Psalms: Psalms 103
What is striking for me about today’s gospel passage is the range of emotion that Jesus feels – he goes from weeping to anger. He cries knowing that so many people are not accepting him for who he is, and the judgment they will suffer as a result. He goes from that to being angry because, at the temple, people are taking advantage of one another in the name of God.
It makes me wonder what God thinks and feels now -- today. I wonder how God feels when he sees the state of the world, what we’ve made of it, and most importantly, how we treat one another? I often think about God as “judge;” I don’t often think about God having an emotional life. But Jesus, being God, shows that possibility.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
So I ask myself: How do I treat others? Do I love my neighbor in the way God desires? Do I show kindness, do justice, and walk humbly in this world? When God looks at how I live my life and my relationships, how does it make Him feel? It’s different to think about God in this way. Yet, I want my life to honor God, and I want to be the best example of God’s love that I can be for my family and for my community. I often make mistakes and get wrapped up in my own life. I hope, by remembering this aspect of God, that when He looks at how I treat others, God will smile.