Eighteenth Day of Lenten Reflection: "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good"

 As we enter the eighteenth day of Lenten reflection, we reflect on a profound message from the book of Micah, "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8). This passage is a powerful reminder of God's clear guidance on how to live a life that is pleasing to Him. It echoes through the ages, calling us to remember the essential principles of our faith and the actions they require.

The context of this verse is particularly relevant during Lent, a time when Christians are called to self-examination and repentance. Micah's message came during a time of social injustice and religious formalism in Israel. The prophet challenged the people's superficial rituals, pointing them instead towards the heart of what God desires: justice, mercy, and humility before God.

First, the call to "do justice" is a call to active engagement in the world. It is about treating others fairly, advocating for the oppressed, and working to correct injustices in our societies. This aspect of God's requirement is especially poignant during Lent as we reflect on how our actions and choices affect others, and how we might be called to stand up for those who are marginalized or vulnerable.

Second, to "love mercy" is to show compassion and kindness to others. It is an invitation to extend forgiveness, to be generous in our dealings with others, and to demonstrate the same kind of grace and compassion that God shows us. During Lent, we are reminded of the immense mercy God has for us and are encouraged to practice that mercy in our relationships.

Lastly, "to walk humbly with your God" is a call to an intimate and submissive relationship with the Divine. It is about recognizing our dependence on God, seeking His guidance in our lives, and submitting to His will. This humble walk with God is at the core of our Lenten journey as we seek to align our hearts and wills more closely with God’s.

As we continue through the season of Lenten reflection, let these words from Micah resonate in our hearts and minds. They are not only a reminder of God’s expectations but also an invitation to experience the fullness of life that comes from living in accordance with His will. Let us strive to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God, knowing that in doing so, we reflect His character and bring His light into the world.


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