Readings for August 5, 2018
Exodus 16:2-4, 12-16
Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
The Terrible Teens
“Teenagers are God’s revenge. One day He was looking down and said, ‘Hey, see how they like it to create someone of their own image who denies their existence.’ I’ve looked in the Bible and nowhere does it say how old Satan was when he rejected God’s authority. I’m thinking he was about 15.” (Comedian Jeff Allen)
Oh how much must we frustrate our God? Even among those who profess to believe, He must look down and sigh, “it’s never enough for these kids.” Or as he specifically says in this week’s readings, “I have heard the grumblings of the Israelites.” He saves the children of Israel from their slavery in Egypt, yet they grumble for food. He feeds them and they grumble for better food. Their descendants are fed but they grumble for a sign from Jesus to prove his authority before they will believe in him. And I grumble for answers to things of this world rather than rely on Him who created it. I am the grumbling teenager to God.
In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul calls me to do more, to grow up. I “should put away the old self” and “former way of life” and “be renewed in the spirit” as one who has been “created in God’s way.” And God has told me His way is holiness. “You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy.” (God, as quoted in Leviticus 20:26)
Holiness is the end game. No more grumbling teenager. In faith, I am called to “believe in the One He sent.” In belief I am called to trust. In trust, I am called to be love. In love, I am called to live holiness. Believe. Trust. Love. Live.
My Lord Jesus, for the sake of your sufferings, grant me the gift of faith that I may live in your hope and love. May I be holy as you are holy. And may my life reflect that holiness in love and in the hope of salvation. I ask this of you, who sits at the right hand of the Father and reigns in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen