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.
First reading for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
We are called to let go of all that is false, all that is corrupt and corrupting. And we are invited to move forward in newness and wholeness, turning to the Lord.
Our moving forward is also a moving back into the ambit of God’s Original Blessing, a blessing we have not yet known in its fullness.
God made us, and saves us, and invites us to draw on his help as we learn how to be what we were first made to be…
Detail from the North Doors, Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.