I hope you're enjoying this beautiful holiday weekend. Our reading doesn't go with it, but it's worth remembering that Labor Day is a reminder of the hard work of generations who built this country and of those who struggled to win workers the right to safe working conditions. The struggle for justice is always a matter of faith.
The last few days we've been reading about Hezekiah, one of the good Kings of Judah. He was followed by Mannaseh and Uzzah, two bad kings, and then by the hero of today's story, Josiah. It gives us some indication of the spiritual state of Judah that the chief priest can "find" the "Book of the Law." Scholars believe this book may have been an early version of what we now know as Deuteronomy. As soon as Josiah hears the law read, he realizes the kingdom is in big trouble because they have fallen so far from God's calling. He begins exactly how we should always begin when we realize we're living in opposition to God: he repents.
Blessings on your repentance, reflection and recreation,