Malachi 1:14-2:2,8-10; Psalms 131:1-3; I Thessalonians 2:7-9,13; Matthew 23:1-12
On a busy summer afternoon in New York City’s Times Square, two men, only a few feet apart carry two very different forms of identification cards. The first man proudly offers his as payment for a fine meal in a trendy restaurant. It’s the “Black Centurion Credit Card” ñ offered by invitation only to an elite group of customers. As the hype promises, the card provides “whatever you need, whenever you need it.” The card identifies the man as a member of that exclusive club that says, “I’ve made it. I’ve arrived.” Just outside the restaurant on a nearby busy street corner, another rather different card is offered as identification to passersby as the second man, homeless, receives donations. Now…
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