Thursday, March 26

Spiritual Renovations

Read Jeremiah 31:31-34

 "No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more" - Jeremiah 31:34

Reflection: We have all experienced the exciting moments in life when we have looked forward to certain kind of renovations. Whether it be a home renovation or a new look, we tend to look forward to the novelty that change brings to our door step. The Gonzalez family had planned their home renovation for several years now and they were exited to experience the changes these renovations would bring. These renovations would provide more space for their two boys who shared a bedroom, an extra bathroom for the family to use, and an office-study for mom who at times received clients at home for her Law firm. All members of the family were very exited and looked forward to the changes which in turn would provided changes to their lifestyle. A privilege that anyone can enjoy.

It is customary for some of us to find certain things in need of a renovation, depending on the circumstances we are experiencing. Someone may be interested in repairing  their bicycle for instance,  some may feel they need a new vehicle, others may think they need a new look and yet others may need a new perspective in life that would help them get through that feeling of being stuck.

Similarly, Jeremiah 31: 31-34 speaks about a particular circumstance that led God to consider that a renovation was in order for the people. A new covenant is promised within this text and such promise seems to be intended to being about hope and even restoration. A new reality where God and the people would finally live in harmony and free from constant separation. Interestingly enough God makes this promise because of the awareness and perceptions God has towards the people. God considers that this renovation or change is needed to alleviate people from their affliction.

When looking at the world we see people who struggle to survive on poverty wages, we see elected officials fail the people they are supposed to serve, laws that oppress and workplace standards the put people in harm's way. Our systems are broken. Our world is in dire need of renovation.

The ministry and life of Jesus point to two very important things: one, Jesus saw and understood the causes of people's afflictions .  Two, Jesus was very intentional in creating change. What are the things that need to be renovated in your life and within your community? What can you do about it?

By Roberto Barrios, IWJ

Prayer: Dear God, help us to see the injustice in our world. Help us realize that we are not talking simply of inanimate things rather we are talking about people’s lives and families. Help us to take action and to become involved with those who lead the way in making change possible.  Amen.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi