2 Chronicles 25-27; Romans 5

2 Chronicles 25-27 http://www.usccb.org/bible/2chronicles/25 The lives of Amaziah, Uzziah, and Jotham, “good kings” of Judah.  But like Joash, Amaziah and Uzziah could not persevere in fidelity and obedience until the end of their reigns, with Amaziah being especially egregious in his apostasy.  He took the gods of conquered Edom as his own.  A prophet even posed Amaziah the thoroughly logical question (25:15)

Why have you had recourse to this people’s gods that could not save their own people from your hand?

and he was threatened with death for his pains.  The continuing cautionary tale for us from the lives of the kings of Judah is how blinded one can become from the sin of pride, especially in the wake of worldly success.  We aren’t kings and queens today in the political sense, but we can become kings and queens of our 401Ks, our gated communities, of the cars we drive, and of our personal and even our children’s accomplishments.  Pray each day for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, a “booster shot” against the terrible sin of pride:

Holy Spirit, I ask you for the gift of Wisdom, to better know You and Your Divine perfections;

For the gift of Understanding to clearly discern the Mysteries of the Holy Faith;

For the gift of Counsel that I may live according to the principles of this Faith;

For the gift of Knowledge that I may seek Counsel in You and that I may always find it in You;

For the gift of Fortitude that no fear or worldly concerns may ever separate me from You;

For the gift of Piety that I may always serve Your Majesty with a filial love;

For the gift of the Fear of the Lord that I may dread sin which offends You O my God.

 Amen.

 

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