Today’s (actually this continues into tomorrow’s reading too) first reading confronts us with a string of commands many of which are easier said than done:
Let brotherly love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honored among all
and the marriage bed be kept undefiled,
for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.
Let your life be free from love of money
but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:
The Lord is my helper,
and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?
Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
We may be tempted into thinking that we are decent people until we are confronted with our sins of omission. It is not enough simply not to do really bad things, i.e. committing adultery. But, we must be proactive and do good too, i.e. caring for the imprisoned, living a simple life, etc. Today consider how you might be proactive in living the kind of life God wants you to live.