Nikki Lamberg shares her thoughts on the First Reading for today's Mass: a reflection on God's providence for those He loves.
In today's First Reading, Amos reminds us that although things may seem unjust, God will always prevail. In this passage, the prophet tells us that the wicked may insult and hate you, treating you as property and possessions. But God tells us to stand strong, and that through our faith in Him, the wicked will fall and “no warrior shall be saved, nor shall the archer stand their ground.”
The Lord calls out the lack of discipleship and self-righteousness of the wicked, but reminds us that in the end, evil will not prevail. How easy it is to pretend that God doesn’t see what we are doing, and to write off the small things under the pretense that we are human. But God knows our hearts and our intentions. He knows when we unwittingly make a mistake, and He knows when we are intentionally demeaning and evil.
I pray for those who do not understand the full ramifications of their actions. But when I read passages such as this, I am reminded about God’s providence and the blessings He provides for us as Christians. Whether it be evil in your personal life or the world, it is comforting to know that God will always reign. Even in our darkest days, God has not forgotten about us. He will continue to provide hope for us, so long as we keep our Faith in Him.
Are you committed to being a Christian, understanding that this road is often harder but so much more rewarding, in the next life?
Lord, help us to serve and honor You in all that we do. Help us to hang on to the promise of providence that you have given us, so that we may continue to have hope for the future. Help us to keep our Faith strong and steadfast. Amen.
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Nikki Lamberg is a born and raised Catholic, full-time working, wife and mom of three young children. It brings her great joy to read, write and help others as she can, especially when it comes to infertility and raising young children.