Sunday February 28, 2016
It was during a peaceful reign that Amos the prophet called for the doom of Israel. In Bethel during the 700’s BCE Amos convicted the people because of their shallow acts of faith and their entitled mannerisms. He accused the leaders of relying on military security and national prosperity rather than their relationship with God until he was forced out of the city and told to go preach his doom to Judah and leave Israel alone. Jesus also was forced out of his hometown because his words were so shocking. Today, we pause to listen for the prophet’s call in our own places - a call for right worship, true compassion and genuine relationships.
God of the prophets, unstop our ears to hear the call for release of the captives, recovery of sight and freedom for all. Sound your alarm to awaken our spirits to this journey of Lent that we might be transformed. Amen