Rivers are fascinating bodies of water. Some flow fast and hard. Others meander through fields slowly and methodically. Isaiah knows this and uses the river as a way to speak of God's graciousness. Whether with fierce power or gentle kindness, God will reward those who live the spirit of the law. More, God will grow the righteous like the sands of the sea and spread their glory over the entire earth.
Faithfulness, the most basic way God tells us who God is, is the great challenge of the Gospel. We must be faithful, not only to God, but like God, to all God's people. Indeed, we must be faithful to creation itself, which Pope Francis reminds us is our sister. Fidelity is not simply a function or series of actions, but a way of life, an attitude, and it is our attitudes that almost always need reform and renewal.
Today, change your attitude towards your adversaries and be faithful to someone who you dislike for the sake of the Gospel.
Who most challenges you with his or her fidelity to God despite the consequences?