September 6 – Proper 18
Matthew 18:4 – “(Jesus said), ‘Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’ ”
What does it mean to have childlike faith? Certainly, Jesus does not want us to have a faith that is childish. We are not called to ignorance or silliness. Rather, we are called to trust the way a child trusts – with complete confidence in the Father. We show that confidence in our lives when we follow His directives for our life. Father knows best, so we’ll take His advice!
September 13 – Proper 19
Romans 14:7 – “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.”
We just don’t belong to ourselves. We belong first of all to God, and, through Him, we belong to our neighbors. We are here to serve God in our service to one another. God has called you to this service through your vocation. As a Christian, you serve others in the church; as a neighbor, you serve others in society; and as a son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother, you serve your family.
September 20 – Proper 20
Matthew 20:9 – “And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.”
Behold the generosity of God! He gives out of His grace, not what we deserve to receive. Living a godly life means living in imitation of God, and His generosity is surely one of the foundations of God’s being.
September 27 – Proper 21
Matthew 21:26 – “But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd …”
Foolish Pharisees! They fear men more than they fear God, and so they miss out on the great blessing of knowing Jesus and His love. All our sins are like this: we fear something more than we fear God. And how foolish that is! Just think of the blessings we miss out on whenever we place our fear or trust in something other than God.