Lent 3, Wednesday, Year A

Inspired by Jeremiah 2:4-13 

“Thus says the Lord: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?”  Jeremiah 2:5 (NRSV)

We make choices every day; the choices we make affect our outlook on the world around us, and that outlook helps to shape that world.  If we choose to value greed over kindness, then we see the world as greedy.  Others are impacted by our greed, which proves to them that the world is greedy.  That proof reinforces our choice to value greed, because that is the way of the world, after all.  We become what we value, even when that value is misplaced.

The Lord God created the world out of love.  The resources he provided are plentiful, and he gave statutes that would ensure peace and justice among people.  He blessed us abundantly, and sought to share the beauty of his creation with us.  What did he do to cause us to turn away from him and seek instead those things that devalue and diminish us as individuals and as a people?  What did we find that is better than what he had to offer?

Consider the choices you make.  Do they honor every individual and recognize the precious worth of the earth and all its resources?  Do they recognize your inherent value as a person, regardless of how you look, what you accomplish, or how much you’ve accumulated?  Such things are temporary and superficial; God’s love for you is based on the knowledge that only your Creator can have of you: the knowledge that you are created in his image, and you were worth creating and sharing in his abundance.

Let us pray.  Generous God, you have provided us with every blessing.  Help us to recognize all that you have given us, that we may appreciate those things that are close to your heart.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.