Thursday, March 3

By: Chad Hyatt

Luke 13:1-9

Reflection—v. 4, do you think that they were more guilty

At Mercy, we teach and believe that we live in a highly addicted culture and that all of us have addictive behavior in our lives.  We must be honest about our addictions in order to enter more fully into a healthy and abundant life. Addictive behavior is the way in which we try to avoid dealing with the problems or suffering in our lives—or the ‘mess,’ as a sister once described it in one of our recovery Bible studies. We try to distract ourselves, ignore it, numb ourselves to its reality or existence. It is too easy to look at others and blame them for the suffering that comes into their lives and never deal with our own.  Confronting the real mess of our lives, the jagged points of pain and suffering that we have found a thousand ways to avoid and rationalize, is not something we can do on our own or by ourselves. Only God can help us, along with God’s people who surround us as fellow penitents on the narrow way that leads to life. We have to be honest about the self- and other-destructive ways in which we have tried to avoid dealing with the suffering of human life.

Prayer Jesus, call us to repentance in the face of our avoidance.  Help us to deal with suffering and death, honestly and compassionately.