The theme of yesterday’s Gospel about saying versus doing continues in today’s reading. Words of worship of the mouth are empty and vain unless connected to a heart filled with devotion. When this connection is broken, words scatter themselves about in the wind as dead crackling autumn leaves. The awesome power of worship becomes a sacrilege; the sacred becomes secular. The root of the word “secular” means, “to be scattered.” The secular is that which is not rooted and defined by the holiness of God.
What will happen if your heart is not right with God? Begin there. Go to where your heart is, and make an honest confession to the Lord and repent. The sweet feelings of devotion in worship will come after your mouth honestly expresses the sinfulness that may be lurking in your heart. Then your mouth will find itself expressing the grace of the Lord that floods from within.
What are these?
My mouth and my heart as one v. 13
I the clay, You the potter v. 16
Deaf hearing and blind seeing v. 18
Being done with complaining v. 24
This is the second of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season, we continue reading Isaiah.
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