Selected Lectio Reading:
As I read the beginning of this passage I realized that the Apple could represent gossip in a way. The serpent or Satan spreads evil/apple to Eve, who in return gives it to Adam. Adam takes it obvious that this apple was from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In society today we can take and spread things without knowing they are evil and hurtful. And as the gossip spreads someone can be dehumanized or something can become a joke. But just as Adam and Eve are caught, one unlucky person gets caught spreading something they should not be spreading and they have consequences. Luckily for Adam and Eve, the serpent was quickly caught. There are a lot of times, however, where the wrong person is caught and the rumor has spread too far for that person to identify the original culprit.
Lord, that you for true and kind people. Without them, we are doomed. Thank you for the kind people you have put in my life. Thank you also the unkind people that have passed as well. They have taught me that I am kinder than I think and how never to treat someone.
Dear Lord, please protect those around me from rumors and gossip. Please also give me the strength to never spread anything rude and to never dehumanize anyone.
Quote of the Day:
“We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.” -George Santayana