Monday in the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Flight shall perish from the swift, and he strong man shall not retain his strength; The warrior shall not save his life, nor the bowman stand his ground; The swift of foot shall not escape, nor shall the horseman save his life. And the most stouthearted of warriors shall flee naked on that day, says the Lord. (Amos 2:14-16)
Lord God, the prophet Amos means to comfort us with the promise that You will not revoke Your word, even though our behavior may be worthy of breaking our bond. Our instinct when faced with our own insufficiency is to increase our strength, more deeply entrench, flee from the result of our error. You ask us to stand lightly before You, with hearts that fear nothing but the absence of You.
Help me allow my flight to perish, my strength to rest, my firmness to relax. I cannot save my life; You, Who have clothed me in the white garment of baptism, keep me safely, humbly before Your gracious mercy. Let me offer to Your crushing my own revocable means of defense.