Fr Joe has written this short reflection on today’s First Reading.
The prophet Micah ministered about 700 years before the birth of Christ. His life at some point would have overlapped with that of the prophet Isaiah. He ministered in the Southern Kingdom of Judah and during the reigns of King Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. A significant section of his book denounces sin and that the people of Israel are cheating, exploiting and oppressing their neighbour through their greed.
Although they see themselves as religious, it is merely external religious formalities that they engage in and are called to act with justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with God. Micah does speak about God’s justice and His just punishments.
However, Micah does offer hope for the future, the dawn of a new age. The people will be reconciled to God and all will be restored in God. Micah heralds the age of the Messiah and pinpoints Bethlehem as His birth place. That age is now, the Kingdom of God is among us and each day is an opportunity to seek and receive the blessings and favours of the Lord. Let us rejoice and be glad.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962)
“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.”
St. Augustine of Hippo (354- 430)
“Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in You.”