Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
“Choose this day whom you will serve.” Those words were spoken to the people of Israel by Joshua as they are entering the Promised Land. Will they serve the God of their ancestors who brought them out of Egypt and sustained them in the wilderness, or will they serve the local gods of the region? Will they serve the Lord who demands steadfast fidelity, working for justice, and a humble heart? Or will they serve gods who promise to give them pleasure without commitment and prosperity without justice? I know that most of us haven’t even had the chance to cast a ballot, but we’re already tired of making choices. But today’s readings urge us to choose whom we will serve. What choice will we make?