Daily Office Readings for Monday of the Second Week of Advent Year 2
“This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb-line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel;
I will never again pass them by.” (Amos 7:7 – 8)
This plumb-line that the lord is setting in the midst is us is the perfect upright angle with which we are to judge our own moral character. A friend of mine once said to a congregation that it was hard for him to achieve something he has not seen. But once he as seen someone do and be the better person, then, he too could aim for that knowing it was possible.
We don’t all have the same level of good judgment at the same time. But I believe the ability to make better and better decisions is an evolving skill. I believe patience in understanding helps us to be better decision makers. We must first want to do the right thing, The right thing has to be more important than “my” thing. Getting even is not the right thing and against the Lord’s plumb-line it clearly shows us to be off kilter. Also, we should not try to make ourselves look good by pointing out the faults of others. It would be better to point out how you have challenges that you are aware of and are working on, than to point to the short comings of others.
Our Lord Jesus is the perfect Plumb-line. We can’t be Him but we can continue to work towards perfection. In trying to perfect our character we become that plumb-line for someone else to emulate. Remember however, we are not doing it to be copied (even though that would make the world a better place). We are working towards that never ending road to perfection from which we will not regress or return. We will just keep comparing ourselves to that perfection, that plumb-line, that some may not know even exist.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+