Prayer for January 16: Please pray with me. God of the means, you tell us that you favor the poor. We don’t like to hear that. We don’t like that at all. But you said it. You come to the aid of the outcast and oppressed. You restore the downtrodden. You stand with the weak. You walk with the hungry and thirsty. You shiver with the naked. You come to the aid of the stranger. You sit with the sick and you free the captive. We don’t like to hear this. It goes against what our society and culture values. Too often we hear an alternative gospel being proclaimed loudly to us – that the ends justify the means, that might makes right, and that the strong survive. These are heretical theologies and false gospels. Prominent people proclaim these messages and feed off the vulnerable with these ideas. But you are a just God. In the end, these are empty theologies that offer false promises of salvation. Those that adhere to these beliefs will be sorely disappointed. Those that adhere to these ideas will find themselves run over by these very same ideas they held dear. And they will know that the ends justify the means is a lie. You are God of the means. The means are the salvation for us. Thank you. Amen.