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Daily Devotional for June 2


June 2                                                             Luke 16:10-15

God has entrusted to us the riches of the world. So often we
seem to hoard and squander those riches, ignoring the needs
of the poor in our midst.

Are we serving two rulers in our quest for the comforts of life?
We are the bearers of God's Spirit on earth, yet we often waver,
serving two rulers, lukewarm, neither hot nor cold.

But what if God is calling us to take sides? Perhaps there is
no longer time for us to sit with the Pharisees, justifying
ourselves before humanity. The poor of the world cry out to
us from afar and from next door. The oppressed cry out for
freedom, and the disenfranchised cry out for justice.
Have we divorced ourselves from our commitment to love God
first and our neighbor as ourselves? Have we wed ourselves
to mammon?

My friend, imagine a new way to answer God's call to justice.
Imagine yourself as God's Spirit-bearer on earth. Imagine
yourself standing beside the poor, before God's altar,
promising to love, honor, and cherish. Imagine all humanity
in committed relationship before God... .

          Holy Spirit, you are my vision. Open my eyes
      to the many ways I can stand in commitment with
   the poor and oppressed of the earth. Clear my heart
   of any need to collect and display the world's wealth.
 Show me myself before the mirror of your love. Let my
  self-esteem be in my nakedness, my vulnerability. Let
    the nakedness of the oppressed of the earth be my
           mirror image. Holy Spirit, unite us in God's
               work on earth, God's purpose, love.

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

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.198

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