REFLECTING ON The Similitudes 1:1-10
The Shepherd of Hermas, writing in the 2nd Century, reminded his readers that the servants of God live in a “strange country” far from their true home of heaven. Given our alien status, it makes little sense for believers to collect possessions, fields and houses. Hermas suggested that whatever believers had beyond what was sufficient for their needs was for the needs of widows, orphans and the poor. God gave his people more than enough for the purpose of generous giving—not for adding to their “comforts of home.”
Questions for Reflection:
- What is the last purchase you made for your home? Was it “necessary?”
- How do you decide when you have “what is sufficient”?
- What—if any—objections do you sense when you read The Similitudes? Why?
There is no devotional for Sunday, February 14.