Daily Office Readings for the week of the Last Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth— a stranger, and not your own lips.” (Proverbs 27:2)
Every day we hear more and more of the rhetoric of presidential candidates telling us how good they are and how unfit their competitors are for the office of the President of the United States.
If I were running for an elected office I would want my campaign manager, or at least those who want me to run for an elected position to boast about my fitness for the office, and not myself. But this is the way of the world today. Even in the election of a Bishop for a Diocese each candidate is presented with an opportunity to say how good he or she is. We encourage narcissism.
Perhaps it would be better if computers did the hard work of tabulating information and then recommend candidates best suited for election based on experience, education and history. After some candidates are identified, sponsors can then promote their person for the office. In this way all persons interested in an elected position will have to do is do the best they can every day so that the computer collecting the information can put the best qualified persons names forth for consideration and election.
In any case, those who want a certain person in an elected office should be the ones boasting about how their choice is best suited for the position, not the person him or herself. We all should be doing the best we can in everyday life. While education and experience carry a lot of weight, one’s history of doing good probably is the most valuable marker of what kind of person you are.
Wait a minute! Isn’t collecting our information what God is doing now? All we have to do is the best we can everyday.
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