The first reading this Sunday, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, comes from Isaiah.
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found,
call to him while he is still near.
Let the wicked man abandon his way,
the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him,
to our God who is rich in forgiving;
for my thoughts are not your thoughts,
my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks.
Yes, the heavens are as high above earth
as my ways are above your ways,
my thoughts above your thoughts.
It’s far too early to be counting shopping days to Xmas – or Sundays to Christmas.
However the appearance of Isaiah, as the leaves of trees start to turn and fall, reminds of Advent and its promise. This particular passage provides an opportunity, even now to take stock, and prepare for the Lord.
- What do you need to turn from?
- What do you need to turn to?
The image is a detail of a self portrait of Pablo Picasso, from the Picasso Museum in Paris. A great self portrait. I can never decide whether it shows humility or someone who is self-satisfied. I think Isaiah would have us wonder the same about ourselves. Photo (c) Allen Morris, 2006