Hear, you peoples, all of you; listen, O earth, and all that is in it; and let the Lord God be a witness against you. - Micah 1:2
Jesus Christ says, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation." - Mark 16:15
Two-year reading texts: Psalm 63; Proverbs 5; 1 Corinthians 13:8-14:5
Today's texts reflect Law and Gospel, listening and speaking, reflecting and acting. In all of these pairs, both parts are important.
Law is God's NO, calling us out when we're on the wrong track. Gospel is God's YES, calling us back into relationship with God because Jesus has reconciled us all to God and God's ways.
Listening is how we receive God's life-giving word into our own lives. Speaking the same word is how we expand that life by communicating it to others.
Reflecting is time spent in stillness pondering, meditating, praying, and deciding about God's word. Acting is time spent in motion moving, creating, lifting, sharing the good news.
Psalm 63 expresses joy in God's help, and seeks to make that help known: "Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you." The book of Proverbs keeps going back and forth between the blessings of a life lived God's way and the hardships of a false life: "My child, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, so that you may hold on to prudence, and your lips may guard knowledge." Paul encourages speech that passes on the grace of God's words to others: "Those who prophesy speak to other people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation."