If you type in the words “Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God” in the Amazon search engine then mugs, cushions, and wall hanging are among the items you can buy with these words written on them. It is a very popular saying. The words are from the prophet Micah and are the concluding words of today’s first reading.
“You have been told, O man, what is good
and what the Lord requires of you:
to do justice,
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah and spoke out against the injustice and corruption of the priests, false prophets, officials and people. The people were offering sacrifices and worshipping God but they were failing miserably in the ways of justice, mercy and humility.
As we begin this week may we ask for the grace to live a life of justice, to love others with mercy and kindness and acknowledge our trust and need for God.