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In Word and Deed


Readings: Deut 26:4-10; Rom 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13

Scripture: For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. (Rom 10:10)

Reflection: The head and the heart don’t always like to agree on things. In theory they do, but reality can be a lot more challenging, whether in transcendent spiritual matters or the mundane moments of day-to-day life. I can get up every morning and know in my head that I should spend time in prayer, limit my coffee intake, and eat a healthy breakfast. Otherwise, my spiritual and mental state will be as frazzled as my caffeine- and sugar-addled system. And yet, day after day, I repeat the same less-than-healthy routine: snooze button, multiple cups of coffee, sweets grabbed from the office kitchen. My head knows the healthy routine that could turn those habits around, but the rest of me prefers the comforts that soothe my heart, and so I walk the path worn into the carpet of my soul rather than do what I know is better for me.

Spiritual life is no different. We’re reminded today that we have to believe in our heart that Jesus is Lord and confess it with our mouth. It’s not an either-or proposition. But what I confess with my mouth doesn’t always mirror what’s going on in my heart. And vice versa. Sometimes my heart can be moved with compassion but my mouth stays shut, rendering my heart mute as well. If I profess Jesus is Lord but hold onto grudges, my words ring hollow. How do we bring the two together?

Meditation: Only in prayer will we find the common thread that can join heart and head. No words or promises will hold any weight in our being unless and until they are grounded in prayer. God first. God alone. Once we make that our path, all the others will fade away and we will be in sync with ourselves and with our God. Today see if you can bring the hopes in your heart and the words in your head to God and ask for the strength to live what you say and say what you know in your heart to be good and true.

Prayer: Loving Father, our love for you courses through our heart and soul, and yet often our outward lives don’t reflect that love or our beliefs. Give us the courage to confess with our mouths the unconditional love and mercy you offer each one of us.


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