The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows: ‘You object, “What the Lord does is unjust.” Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust? When the upright man renounces his integrity to commit sin and dies because of this, he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed. When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die.’
First reading for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
First, let it be noted that ‘object’, the second word in the reported ‘word of the Lord’, is a verb and not a noun. God responds to our sometimes protest against him, but he does not name us as the blockheads we might sometimes be! I remember still how startled I was when I first heard a reader misspeak the text.
Second, whatever our resistance to God, he speaks to us and helps us to better understand his ways and repent of ours. His love has no end. It too is a verb!
Image derived from graphic seen in Cardiff, 2017. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.