“I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that did not call on my name.” vs. 1
The prophet was amazed at the attitude of the returned people of Israel. They had been set free from captivity, but showed little interest in returning to their Lord. Instead they sought out exotic gods and immersed themselves in forbidden practices, essentially turning their backs on their historic faith. The Lord had not forsaken them but was close at hand, and eager to provide strength and hope. It’s not hard to find a parallel to what’s happening in our world now. The Divine Presence pervades our existence, but it seems that few take notice. Traditions have been abandoned, family structures are threatened, and the young are growing older with no regard for faith or values. People are just making stuff up as they go along and in the process violence has escalated, hatred has mushroomed, and civility has all but disappeared from the scene. Families are being priced out of housing and poverty is increasing. And as anxieties increase alcohol and drug use has escalated–ugliness is at hand on every level of society. But we have not been abandoned! The gospel is at hand and those who have ears to hear can find their way to peace and serenity. There is still hope!
Thought for the Day: Why have parents abandoned spiritual direction for their children?