We come now to the last of the thirty-nine books of the Hebrew Bible, the prophet Malachi. He wrote during the middle of the fifth century, B.C. He preached at a time when the Temple was rebuilt after it had earlier been destroyed. However, just as happened with the first Temple built by Solomon, people became interested in other gods. God called Malachi to wake up the people, reminding them with words of power, that the kind of worship God wants is not about sacrificing animals, but sacrificing oneself in acts of love and compassion for others.
My favorite verse in the reading is verse 11: “My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun.” Today, sense the movement of the sun throughout the day, letting it’s light lead you at every moment to those persons who need your smiles and your love.
Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
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