Happy Valentine’s Day – Saint Valentine’s Day! In Latin America today is very often called Día de la Amistad, Friendship Day. Happy Friendship Day! I like that. It broadens the sense of the day so it is not some superficial romantic celebration … or a market ploy to sell chocolates!
With the grace of God, we can confront evil in our day through speaking the truth in love.
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Everything that we heard described in the Scripture today will happen to us at one time or another … whether we are seasoned believers like Eli, the elderly prophet, or like young Samuel, the seeker with ears open to hear God’s call.
Their hearts were hardened. This still happens to the best of us. They did not understand the incident of the loaves. Jesus fed 5,000 people and many of his closest followers questioned his ability to do such a thing.
How do you imagine God’s view of us? Do you see Him as far removed and dispassionate, displeased that we don’t measure up … or do you see Him like Jesus whose heart was moved with pity?
By now, most of us have had a chance to celebrate this Holy time marking the birth of our Savior.