But 'tepidity' - that's not a word found often in our vocabulary. While a funny seeming word for today's usage, it certainly apt and has its profound spiritual application. This is not a characteristic that is pleasing. Tepid, lukewarm, nausea producing and wholly displeasing, disgusting to the Father.
Sloth and tepidity - not to be seen in the individual, not to be found in the Church.
The text continues:
It is time now to rise from my sloth and tepidity.
Today I will obey God's voice,
No longer will I harden my heart.
O God! Teach me Thy fear.
May I work while it is yet day,
"for the night cometh when no man can work."
May I run in Thy ways while I have the light of life,
lest the darkness of death seize me.
It always comes down to either/or: sloth and tepidity or obedience, working and running.
It is either the light of life in the soul or the darkness of death.
Not always easy.
But rousing, rising obedience is the rule of conduct, of life, of pilgrimage.