Our Saving God
In the first reading today from the prophet Isaiah thus says the Lord, “Say to those whose hearts are frightened; be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication, with divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared, then will the lamb leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sand will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water.”
Wow, that sounds too good to be true. Why, because so often we are frightened and it doesn’t seem as if God comes. We pray and pray, but there seems to be silence and no response.
A favorite song of mine from the Christian band Jars of Clay is titled Silence. Some of the lyrics are: “I’ve never felt so cold. I thought you were silent. I thought you left me…on an empty beach of faith. Was it true? I got a question, Where are you? Scream, deeper I wanna scream. I want you to hear me. I want you to find me.” This song had particular significance after my younger sister died in 1997, just 18 months after my older brother had died (both unexpected). I felt cold and alone, and those lyrics were my thoughts.
Perhaps you have felt the same. Sometimes terrible things happen and we wonder why doesn’t God intervene? I have come to realize and deeply believe, God is, was and always will be present. His presence comes in ways we may not notice — through others, through the Church, through prayer and sometimes even through silence. His presence is not always recognized and that is because of our limitations, expectations and sinfulness. We have a saving God. And He came and saved my brother and my sister. Not in the way I wanted them to be saved, but they were saved. They are the ones leaping in heaven and singing. When their desert lives here ended, streams of new life flowed as they entered eternal life.
I pray that each of you will realize we have a saving God. God desires to save each of us, perhaps not from the things of this world but from the flames of the next. Jesus opened the eyes of the blind, cured the sick and raised the dead. These miracles confirm His power as God. And He comes to us in the Holy Eucharist to strengthen us on our journey, until he comes to save us and lead us home to heaven. Peace and blessings to all of you.