One of the fun things we did as kids at the beach was to make four-way tunnels in the sand. One person would start to dig with one hand, another just opposite would begin another tunnel. We would dig until our hands touched. Then we would do the same thing to the side of the tunnel, making a kind of cross under the sand. To end our game, we would did and dig the holes bigger and bigger until the whole thing would collapse. We had undermined the work we had done!
The word “undermine” is key to the reading of today’s passage. Here however, it’s not undermining something as unimportant as tunnels in the sand; something greater was happening to the readers of Peter’s letter: their faith was being undermined by people pretending to be wise teachers, but who really were not– only interested in themselves and not their students.
The last part of this chapter from verse 17 reveals who these hypocrites are in life. Is there anyone in your life or whom you see, say, on television that undermines the love and devotion we are called to have for God? These kinds of things can easily happen, for there are ways of thinking going on all around us that have nothing to do with honoring God. Think hard…jot down what you find. Ask the Lord to help you be strong in your faith and not to let anything undermine it.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Silence, and then holy talk v. 11
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the Seventh Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north. Year C
Thursdays in this season are dedicated to the the letters of Peter
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…