O mortal

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8


(a blue heron caught trapsing through the woods on a my husband’s trail cam / 2020)

When I read my ‘daily verse’ Friday morning,
a new verse for each new day that I receive each morning,
I read Friday’s verse, over my phone, early while still rather bleary-eyed.
BAM
it was like being stung by a hornet from out of the blue.
An electric shock ran through my entire being.
I simply put my phone down…staying silent for quite some time, stung by
what I had just read.

O mortal.
What does the Lord require of you?

Talk about a wave of real humility washing over me.
And that’s when it hit me.

We are each, indeed, mere mortals.
And we are here to do the work of The Creator…
not the work of man…

And so when have you heard that on the news..

We are the created, not the Creator.

How do I behave toward my neighbor?
How toward my brothers?
If I except a single one, it is not Jesus Christ I consider in them.
If I love them, it is merely so that I may be liked and considered,
or because their character suits mine. Let us each one see Jesus Christ in his neighbor.

St. Claude de la Colombière
from The Spiritual Direction of Claude de la Colombière

13 comments on “O mortal

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Great words to start the week.

  2. jeffw5382 says:

    Amen! Everyone is responding to what’s happening in their own way based on their own experiences and proclivities. Remembering that Jesus loves all I am to express His love in my heart in all situations.

  3. oneta hayes says:

    I love that heron. What a blessing and talent to be able to have the equipment and location to do such observation of God’s beauty. Good verse to live by, Julie.

  4. Lynda Clayton says:

    Both quotes are powerfu! The words of St. Claude de la Colombière are words to live by. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. Dawn Marie says:

    We are clay in the hands of the Creator. Mold me Lord, into what you need me to be for Your greater good.

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