So often when life gets tough, it is easy to look elsewhere than to the One who already knows the issue. The readings are hard today. Malachi warns the evildoers that they will be stubble. The Psalm is a favourite but still the premise is that the Lord is coming to judge the peoples. In the letter to the Thessalonians, readers are encouraged not to live in idleness and be busybodies, but rather to work quietly and earn a living. Jesus is clear in Luke’s Gospel: Do not be led astray. Many will come and show the way and yet we are warned to not follow those people.
This has been a year of listening to people whose stories are inspiring. It is tempting lately to run after the latest rising star but if that person is not grounded, what happens to us. I think of Fr. Michael Lapsley quietly doing his work in South Africa and spreading healing around the world. Brene Brown builds healthy self-esteems and resilience. For many years, Mandela preached reconciliation for all. While some keep their eyes on reality television, I look to the One who will bless me for being faithful to the Way.
Many voices compete for our attention. Whose voice are you listening to and where is it leading you?