for Sunday, September 6, 2009
The relationship between the first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, and
the Gospel, from Saint Mark, is very clear. Our God is a God who does
miracles from time to time in order to manifest His divinity. Probably
what bothers us is that God does not make miracles all of the time. This
question points us to the heart of the mystery that we live: creation and
God wants us all as fully alive as possible, living for Him and for one
another. We live in a world that is broken. This is a world in which
children die, a world with wars, a world with hatred and deception. This
is a world where both good and bad thoughts struggle for our attention.
This is a world in which it is not easy to choose for the good in every
situation. We are tempted to choose for the values of the world: for
money, for power and for pleasure.
Yet it is still a world which God loves. God chooses to love each one of
us, honoring our freedom while at the same time inviting us to love Him in
return. There are many signs of God's love: beauty, truth, incredible
acts of kindness, music, the Church, etc. Because God does not interfere
with our freedom, we continue to live with the brokenness of the world and
It is this same brokenness that is spoken about in the second reading,
from the Letter of Saint James. This letter speaks about common human
experiences such as pride and envy. We Christians are not any better than
anyone else. On the other hand, we can have God's grace and help when we
ask for it.
The Word of God today might be inviting us to see God's presence when we
see miracles, great and small; to see God's presence when people do good;
to see God present in all good and to see inviting us to live a different
way when we experience evil and brokenness. Blessed be God!
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