Thursday, March 30

Lenten weekday

Give us your best imitation of Christ

Jesus was not interested in human praise because he saw that there is often an element of self-interest in praising others. But imitation? That’s a different kind of praise—the highest form—and Jesus was on board with that kind. He calls you to follow him, to imitate him, in thought, word, and deed, rather than merely pay him lip service. We gather together in worship not because that is sufficient to fulfill our calling but to gather strength and support to follow through on our vocation once we walk out the church doors. Do your best imitation of Jesus today!

Today’s readings: Exodus 32:7-14; John 5:31-47 (247).
“I do not accept human praise.”