August 19, Monday Weekday
Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people. — Psalm 106:4
Mass Readings: Judges 2:11-19/Matthew 19:16-22
Worship Only God
Recently I was in a supermarket getting my weekly groceries when I came across a mother with a young child in tow. Apparently he had little impulse control and repeatedly reached out to grab items off the shelf. I was at one end of an aisle when from the opposite end I heard a loud crash. The child had pulled down an entire display and then the mother asked the oft-repeated parental question, “Don’t you ever learn?”
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites often worshiped pagan gods. God would allow foreigners to oppress His people until they repented. Then He would raise up a leader, a judge, to save the people. But the people didn’t learn: “when the judge died, they would relapse and do worse than their ancestors.”
Prayer: Oh, Dear Lord, help me learn!
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