August 17, 2019

Put away the strange gods that are among you and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel. “Then the people promised Joshua, “We will serve the LORD, our God, and obey his voice.” (Jos 24:23)

Following the settlement of the Israelites in Canaan after their Exodus from Egypt, Joshua gathered the people at Shechem and asked them to choose between serving the God of Abraham who had delivered them from enslavement, or the gods their ancestors had served on the other side of the Euphrates.

Shechem was revered in Jewish history. Genesis 12:6-7 relates how Abraham built an altar there after God had appeared to him in a vision and promised to give the land to his descendants. That promise is now being realized; there is reason to celebrate!

It is also a moment of somber remembrance. The journey has been difficult, filled with moments of rebellion, sin, and outright disobedience, but God has protected them and driven out their enemies before them. The God of goodness and mercy asks them to turn their hearts to him and be faithful.

We renew our covenant of life and love with God at every Eucharist. As we recall the self-giving of Jesus for our salvation, we ask for the courage and strength to live as he lived, to imitate his selfless love, and to surrender to the future God intends for us.

Let us pray:

God, thank you for the unexpected, unmerited favor you shower on my life. Help me choose to put myself daily on the path of your love and grace, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.