God will not forget you
From the First Reading this morning, Isaiah 49:8-15
Thus says the LORD:
In a time of favor I answer you,
on the day of salvation I help you;
and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,
To restore the land
and allot the desolate heritages,
Saying to the prisoners: Come out!
To those in darkness: Show yourselves!
Along the ways they shall find pasture,
on every bare height shall their pastures be.
They shall not hunger or thirst,
nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;
For he who pities them leads them
and guides them beside springs of water.
I will cut a road through all my mountains,
and make my highways level.
See, some shall come from afar,
others from the north and the west,
and some from the land of Syene.
Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth,
break forth into song, you mountains.
For the LORD comforts his people
and shows mercy to his afflicted.
But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
This is such a beautiful thought for us to dwell on, especially at Lent when we remember how utterly dependent we are on the mercy and patience of God. There is no way that a mother could ever forget her infant, yet even if that impossible thing were to happen, God will NEVER forget you. Read the rest of that passage and all of the good things that God had promised to Israel and how His plan to call those outside the covenant into relationship with him, which would be the new and everlasting covenant in Jesus Christ (Gospel reading).
Let’s think about this first reading today and draw strength from God’s words to us. He will not forget us. We may feel distant. We may have betrayed the Lord. We may have wandered, or even ran away from God. Yet, His love is with us. He longs for us to return to Him. Use this time of Lent to come back to God. Receive his mercy and forgiveness. Then we can reach out to our fellow man and show him that same love and forgiveness. It is time, my friends. Come home. You are not forgotten.