Ordinary Time

Pause

“A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God.” (Thomas Merton, Trappist monk)

When we catch glimpses of God’s goodness in our lives, we call that grace.

Open your heart, mind, and soul to the ways that you need God’s grace to sustain you on your journey.

Listen

The man replied, “I heard your sound in the garden; I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree, which I commanded you not to eat?”

The man said, “The woman you gave me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.”

Genesis 3:10-12

Think

We have all participated in the Blame Game. When we have done something wrong, we desperately seek to pass the blame on to someone else. When confronted with his actions, Adam immediately points his finger at Eve. I wonder how the story might have changed if Adam would have just owned his responsibility in this act of disobedience.

Our culture is currently wrestling with systemic brokenness all around us. Whether we’re talking about the systems that have perpetuated sexual abuse, racism, or economic poverty, it is easy to play the Blame Game.

For people who seek to follow God, our starting place should be to recognize and own our responsibility. We are not only to own how we may have contributed to injustice, but God has also shown us grace by allowing us to play a part in making the world a better place. How is God calling you to help re-create the world today?

Tyler Tankersley

Pray

Lord, give me the strength to not pass the blame on to somebody else but to own my own role in injustice. Then help me to live into your grace by embodying your hope, peace, joy, and love. Amen.

Go

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!

from “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” by Julia H. Johnston (1910)