Micah 7:14-15,18-20; Ps 85 Lord, show us your mercy and love; Matthew 12:46-50
"Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance…"
Think about an inheritance for second or two. An inheritance is that which belongs to another. An inheritance is usually some sort of treasure or something of value that is guarded and kept safe.
It is precious.
The people of Israel are considered to be God's inheritance, God's possession.
That title also belongs to us in Christ. We are God' s inheritance. Someone would suggest that God has gotten the raw deal. Some would suggest that his inheritance is folly in chest. But we are what he wants.
"God, Micah continues, to tread underfoot out guilt. He will cast into the sea all our sins. You will show grace…"
Wow! What a beautiful way to begin this Tuesday.
Jesus in the gospel speaks that his mother and brothers are those who do the will of his heavenly Father.
Micah lays out what that will looks like. God wills to remove our guilt and sin. God wills to choose us daily as his inheritance, his treasure.
Only when we grasp that fully can we truly begin to live a fulfilling life in relationship with others, doing for them what God chooses to do for us: remove guilt, cast away sin and be compassionate.