February 18, 2019
In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part, brought one of the best firstlings of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not. Gn_4:1-15,25
The sun shines on the good and the wicked alike. Now the good may take that opportunity to taunt the wicked, thus making himself as bad as the one he taunts. And the wicked may turn his cheek and find good even in the rain, even though he may not find it present in his “good” brother. But sometimes it doesn’t quite work that way at all. Sometimes the wicked know no differently. They become jealous of that boy and his sun. They become vindictive that it doesn’t shine on them. And they even carry out their anger in evil words and actions.
Thus we find the first two boys of creation. One good, one not so bad, but with a streak of jealousy. One basking in the glow of the sun and one dissolving in the rain of “never being good enough.” It truly is one of the challenges of life, beloved. And yet, our God offers the prospect of hope:
So the LORD said to Cain: “Why are you so resentful and crestfallen. If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.” Gn_4:1-15,25
Help us, Lord, to overcome the curse of mediocrity, loneliness and hopelessness! Let Your Son shine on the good and bad alike! And open our eyes to Your unconditional love!
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