As my paycheck seems to leave less and less for extras, my belongings are becoming more and more shabby. I fantasize about the shame of having my baggy, well-worn wool sweater chosen as the ugliest in a competition.
Jesus reminds me that fine clothing doesn’t make a prophet. Nor do power, riches, and fame. A prophet is shaped by hearing the Word of God and practicing the Way of love, peace, nonviolence, forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, and respect. A prophet stands firmly grounded in the truth of God’s love for all of humankind.
Today I will look for opportunities to love my neighbor. I will do my best to be a prophet by sharing God’s gifts of joy and kindness.
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces. Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.”
Love the first paragraph of this post Mary as well as the rest. Do not feel alone, I think we are all feeling the pressure of our “dollar” not going as far as it used to. I am finding though, a sweater at Walmart last as long as one from Dillard’s and cost a lot less. Bought one yesterday for 9.88. Lol!!!
I am always reminded by God, that to Him I am beautiful. I am beautiful because He looks at me through the eyes of the Cross. When He sees That can there really be anything more beautiful to God?
I think what God wants is a heart wrapped in a sweater of love, mercy, and forgiveness. That is a “priceless sweater.” You dear friend, have a heart which is wrapped in nothing less. How you have blessed me through the years. Love and God Bless, SR
Nicely put, SR. Wrapped in a prophetic sweater of love.