The broken will be made whole
Let’s face it. We are all broken. It does not take much looking around to see the effects of sin. It clouds our vision, hardens our hearts, and breaks us. Can the broken be made whole?
The first reading from Isaiah today helps us to see that our God can heal brokenness. For when we sin, we lose our freedom. In rejecting God, we imprison ourselves. We are in a jail cell of our own making. Fortunately, Isaiah speaks, “Saying to the prisoners: Come out!”
And as we have said, another effect of sin is that it makes it harder for us to see clearly. Our visions becomes cloudy, not able to see where God might be in our lives. Isaiah speaks about this too, saying: “To those in darkness: Show yourselves!“
For the Lord desires to heal us. The Lord desires to make us whole and entire once again. Not only that, God will give us unfailing help so that we can open our hearts to let him dwell in us. God will show us the way, because Jesus is the way. God shows us mercy. God heals our afflictions.
But perhaps best of all, God has a deep and long memory. Through the prayer, fasting and almsgiving that helps us to see things more clearly by opening our hearts, we have the great assurance of the prophet Isaiah that God does not forget us. “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” And this is good news indeed.
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