By: Thomas Chacko
Readings: Zechariah 3:1-10; 2 Peter 2:4-21; Psalm 17
These readings describe the constancy of human nature over time. Zechariah, the prophet, and Peter, the apostle, mention that people in their time lived in deceit and in disobedience to God causing despair and destruction in their lives. But the constancy of God’s love and mercy reaches all who seek forgiveness and reconciliation. The cry of the psalmist – verse 6, I call upon you, O God and incline your ear to me, hear my words; verse 7, Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand – is a powerful reminder of God’s patient presence of strength and steadfast love to the faithful.
Ever-present God, you are our refuge at all times and may the millions of refugees across all continents receive safety, security and sanctuary to build new lives.