THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
GOOD AND EVIL
Today’s reading: Amos 5:14-24
“Seek good and not evil” (v.14a). This is a basic
prescription, “that you may live” (v.14b). But
this right posture is so crucial to our lives that it has
to be stated even more strongly. “Hate evil and love
good” (v.15a). We are to engage good and evil with our
deepest and most passionate emotions.
we know what is good and what is evil, right? Don’t
be so sure.
we celebrate Church feasts and solemnities, if we make offerings
to the Lord, if we worship with music and song, all that is
good, right? Yes, by themselves they are good. However, the
Israelites did these things but the Lord rejected and despised
them (v.21-23). Why? They did not “let justice prevail
at the gate” (v.15b). They worshipped but oppressed
their fellowmen. Being right with God, being righteous, is
about justice. “Rather let justice surge like waters,
and righteousness like an unfailing stream.” (v.24).
If the waters of justice surge, then the stream of righteousness
will be unfailing.
is justice? It is giving to the other what is his due. To
God is due awe and worship. To our neighbor is due love and
caring. To the poor is due an equitable share of the world’s
goods. If we withhold these, then we are unjust. We would
even end up as oppressors.
as God’s people, we are to be His instruments in accomplishing
His will for the life of the world. Are we? How else might
we be unjust?
are sent forth to evangelize, to share Christ, and if we
do not obey, then, since God depends on us to bring in His
harvest, we in effect will be depriving people of the salvation
Jesus already won for them.
community depends on our tithes to finance its mission,
so if we do not give what we should, then we are robbing
God as well as hindering the mission given us by God.
we gossip (murder according to Pope Francis) or malign others,
we deprive them of dignity or respect in the eyes of peers.
we handle disagreements in community in the wrong way, when
we become dissidents, we deprive the body of the unity and
peace it needs in order to be an effective army that will
engage the enemy.
tells us that when we visit those in prison then we visit
him. Not all of us will have the opportunity to minister
in prisons, but all of us can help those who do so. Like
through G10K. If we do not, we deprive prisoners of what
God would want them to receive through us. And oh yes, we
would deprive ourselves of the salvation we think we already
have, as we join the goats and not the sheep. “What
will the day of the Lord mean for you? It will be darkness,
not light!” (v.18b).
get the drift. You do pray, you do attend meetings, you do
serve, but if you are unjust, then all of this might be for
you want to really be right with God? Then seek good and not
evil, nay, love good and hate evil. You want to be really
righteous? Then do justice. “Then truly the Lord, the
God of hosts, will be with you as you claim.” (v.14c).