What amazing language we see in today’s first reading from Isaiah 54. More on that in moment. In the Gospel reading from Luke 7, Jesus asks the people what they thought they were going to find when they went out to follow John the Baptist. Jesus says, “A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom Scripture says: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you.”
Remember the old expression, Blood is thicker than water? In the first reading today, God uses the language of family to describe His relationship with his people. More particularly, the language of marriage. Listen…”For he who has become your husband is your Maker; his name is the Lord of hosts…The Lord calls you back, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit…My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord.” Ever doubt that marriage is a covenant relationship? Doubt no more!
This can be very difficult language for many to relate to. Nearly half the population has been divorced. Marriages end because of infidelity, violence, money trouble or any number of reasons. But God is the perfect spouse. He will never leave or abandon you, no matter what. It is we who suffer from unfaithfulness. But even when that happens, God is always there to take us back, filled with love and mercy and compassion.
Father, forgive us for the times when we are unfaithful spouses to you. Your covenant bond is stronger than any sin. Help us to return to you and remain ever faithful, as you are ever faithful. Amen.