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Daily Devotional for May 28


May 28                                                     Matthew 12:33-45

Why do you look at us with those sad and penetrating eyes,
Jesus? Do you know that it is Russia and Cuba and Iran who
embody Satan today? They are the evil ones who would
destroy the values of our family and democracy. They are the
people who deny you.

Do not look at us so intently. We believe in you. We claim
your salvation. We know your words. We follow your way.
Do you not recognize who we are? We are your disciples. Did
you not hear that we are a Christian country? Your values are
our values. There is no evil in us. It belongs out there, to
somebody else, not us.

Why do you look for evil in our hearts? We paid our taxes
last year to support democracy and capitalism in every part
of our world. We invested in the stock market. We supported
police efforts to curb drugs and crime in the streets. We
worked hard in our jobs. We deserved our vacation at the
beach last summer. We did not deny anything to the homeless
family on the street corner last week.

We are not evil. We do not murder or rob or rape. We are
good, ordinary citizens, just trying to make a decent living in
a competitive culture. You do not really expect that we can
change anything, do you? We are not responsible for the evils
of our world.

Your sad eyes reproach us. You say that we are responsible.
The good bring forth good treasure out of a loving heart. We
are called to make a difference, you say. How can we? We
never received a sign, teacher.

   "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign;
  but no sign shall be given to it, except the sign of the
                             prophet Jonah."

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.1989  

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