I don’t know about you, but I find that, more often than not, something is not quite right in my relationship with God. It is always my fault, this I know. But I also know that God is always ready and willing to patch things up. Our first reading today from Isaiah 1 speaks to that. More on that in a moment. In the Gospel reading from Matthew 23, Jesus admonishes that scribes and Pharisees for their “do as I say and not as I do” behavior.
“Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.” Have you ever been really sad because a relationship of your’s is broken? Maybe you’ve become distanced from a spouse, or a child or a parent. It’s painful, isn’t it? God feels the same way when we distance ourselves from Him. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
“Come now, let us set things right…” God is always willing to work things out. He yearns to repair that broken relationship that we have with Him. It breaks because of our sinfulness or selfishness. But all we have to do is come back to Him. There are no conditions, no strings. Lent is a great time to sit down and figure out where we went off track. And then feel God’s loving arms as He embraces us when we return. “Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord.”
Father, we’re so sorry for those times when we break our relationship with you. Give us the grace to swallow our pride and come back to set things right. Amen.
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