A group of folks from Pine Shores have been gathering to talk about ways to make our community better and to nudge us toward a more intentional participation in S.U.R.E. (Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity) Tonight at the S.U.R.E. Community Problem Assembly priorities will be established for the upcoming year. I say all of this to introduce a passage from the prophet Micah. Micah 6:8 is the foundational passage for S.U.R.E. (See below. It is the scripture reading for today.)
We invite you to approach your personal exploration of this biblical text with a kind of modified lectio divina, or “divine reading”. As you read the text we invite you to ask yourself the question “What did I notice?” St. Ignatius wisely said, “experience is the best teacher…The primary and most obvious reason for this is that revelation is not over, God is constantly revealing (God)self to us in our experience…Of course, the Bible is divine revelation–no one denies that. But so is life! It is precisely because God is present to life and available to human experience that we have a divinely inspired story to tell, and that the story once told is revelation.” As you read this passage a few times, what are you noticing?
What is good (for us) and what is required (of us) “is to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” The first part of the injunction is “to do justice”. To do justice is to respect not only those we love but all who need to be loved. We believe this means that we are concerned with the rights of individuals and we are to preserve and honor such rights. To do justice means to establish laws that promote, uphold, and obtain equality in human relationships. (We’ll look at the “to love kindness, and to walk humbly tomorrow.) As you end (or enter) this day God invites you to live the good life.
Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
What does living the good life mean to you? What does it mean to God?
What does God require of you?
What does it mean for you to do justice?
Holy God, as I explore this text and experience this day, keep me attuned to you and to the needs of those around me. Nudge me toward living the good life so your light can shine. Amen.
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