Friday in the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Yes, days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send famine upon the land: Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water, but for hearing the word of the Lord. (Amos 8:11)
Lord God, we are very welcoming of time when we are not being nagged. It feels like contentment to have no one telling us we have room for improvement, that we are not fulfilling our obligations, that we can do more, better and with less self-interest.
Amos tells Israel they will get what they think they want, no prophet to nag them. But they do not understand what they will truly be without, Your presence. We know what it feels like to hunger and thirst; can we imagine what it might be like to be absent Your love, but only because we do not think we need You. Nag me with Your word, O Lord, so I may welcome my irritation as Your abiding love for us.
Saint Junipero Serra, pray for us.