How God speaks through mundane things

There is a lot of material to talk about in today’s lectionary readings from Micah 5 and Matthew 1; however, something struck me once again today that I often forget about.  I realize that this is not the main focus of the readings, but I was struck by how God has chosen to speak through seemingly insignificant and mundane things.

Take the first line of Micah 5: “You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel.”  From a seemingly insignificant place, God will choose to bring forth a ruler over his people.

Then, in the gospel reading, what do we find?  A genealogy.  Exciting right (well maybe the last part)?   Unless you are into doing family trees genealogies are not typically what we read when we want to read inspirational literature.  Yet God has chosen to speak through mundane things.

This always makes me think about where I might be missing God speak to me in my day to day life.  For instance, we put a great deal of stock in education, but some of the most important lessons that I have learned in life have been from people with little to no formal education.  We also misplace a great deal of our attention on wealth, but many of the holiest people we see are those who, whether through circumstance or choice, have very little to their names.

Where else are we missing out?  Today let us try to see God at work around us in places where we might not expect.

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About Jeremy

I work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, LA. I teach part-time classes from time to time, through Loyola University in New Orleans, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College. I also just finished a doctoral degree in Biblical languages through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
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