August 18, 2012
Ezekiel 18: 1-10
The word of the LORD came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? As I live, says the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.
If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right—if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife or approach a woman during her menstrual period, does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, does not take advance or accrued interest, withholds his hand from iniquity, executes true justice between contending parties, follows my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances, acting faithfully—such a one is righteous; he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD.
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I, the Sovereign Lord, am telling you Israelites…”Turn away from all the evil you are doing, and don’t let your sin destroy you.” [Ezekiel 18: 30]
The art world suffered a massive loss when a masterpiece by Russian –born Mark Rothko burned up on the Los Angeles freeway. A freak spark set ablaze the vehicle carrying it to a new location. An art critic for the Los Angeles Times said of the painting’s loss, “A work of a great artist, whether Rothko or anyone else, is irreplaceable.”
What keeps me from seeing and treating every person as an irreplaceable masterpiece of the greatest artist, Almighty God? What might I do to remedy this?
Before God, the human being is always unique and unrepeatable, somebody thought of and chosen from eternity. [Pope John Paul II]
Excerpted from Mission, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, there will be people in our day we could look past. Preoccupied with work deadlines, urgent needs of kids, an assortment of commitments, it’s sometimes difficult to return the phone calls, the emails, the Facebook contacts of those hopeful to hear back from us. In our rush to get through the drive through, to get the store items bought or to get our questions answered, it is so easy to treat the other as nameless object. Today help us to value everyone by taking an extra moment to smile, to say thank you, to even use the person’s name in conversation. Such small act of kindness will witness to your love and bring us a joyful spirit.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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