A Mid-Day Call to Repentance
“Lord, our hearts are so inebriated with comfort and the bubble of our own little worlds. We truly are a people who are ‘entertaining ourselves to death?’ We are blind and lazy, and disengaged from real, sacrificial care for others. Even our acts of good seem to be mediated by a desire to “virtue signal” the rest of the world about our great selves. Nobody, it seems, just does good. They video themselves doing good and then watch how many likes they get in social media platforms.
O God, help us to be “Good Samaritans” not for likes but because it is right, not for applause but for the one that we actually help, not to feel better about ourselves but to improve the life of the other.
Lord, we need You to cut through the hardened crust of our souls and show us that there is no shepherd like You and that we need You to rescue us and make us men and women who truly live passionately for and like You. Rescue us, O God, because we cannot rescue ourselves. Helps us to see and to ‘lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.’ Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus rather than the trinkets and pleasures of this life. Make us holy. We have looked at ourselves and know that we aren’t. Make us holy for You. Amen.
Cf. Hebrews 12:1-2