This week we move into the world of prophecy and poetry with Amos 1:1-2 and 5:14-15 and 18-24. We situate Amos’s call to hate evil and love good within his broader message of economic justice. We make ourselves the audience of this prophecy, and sit with the idea that if we keep taking more than we need as we go about our daily lives, any real communion with God through worship or through ritual will be impossible. But Amos isn’t asking us to sacrifice ourselves for someone else, he is asking us to have faith that someone else’s thriving will benefit us, too. When justice flows down like a mighty stream, all of our proverbial fields are watered.
November 7, 2021