The day my mother passed away, her and I had a small argument. We were going to go shopping, and when David and I went over, she wasn’t feeling well. She thought I was upset because we weren’t going shopping, but I was upset because she had insurance and the money and wouldn’t go to the doctor. A few minutes later she passed away, and I couldn’t tell her that I loved her and wasn’t mad.
Isaiah in our first reading tells us to “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near.” In other words – don’t wait.
Don’t wait to tell God that you love him.
Don’t wait to accept his unconditional love and mercy
Don’t wait to do what is right and just.
The verses right before these in Isaiah Chapter 55 urge us to come to God.
“All you who are thirsty, come to the water. You who have no money, come, buy grain and eat; come, buy grain without money, wine and milk without cost! Pay attention and come to me; listen, that you may have life.”
God is just about begging us to come closer to him. To rely on him, to trust him.
Perhaps we feel we are not deserving of that love and mercy. How could God love me?
No one is deserving – no one! But God’s love is not based on how deserving we are. So he cries out to us to come to him, eat and drink, so that we might have life, and that we may find him and rest in his love
And when we ask why? How can this be? God’s answer is very clear –
“my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. So high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.”
God made us in his image, he made us to be his friends. We may not be able to understand why, but ultimately, does it matter if we do? The closer we draw to him, the more we trust him, the more we learn about his ways and his thoughts.
Our Gospel today gives us a look inside God’s thoughts. He doesn’t care if you started early in life or late in life, it doesn’t matter. You did what you were called to do – love God by loving one another.
It also shows us that it doesn’t matter how many saints have gone before us, our reward is the same – eternal life standing in God’s presence.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near.” Aben Ezra, a Jewish writer and commentator in the early 1100’s, and others interpret this as “seek the Lord in the place where he may be found.”
For them this was in the Temple.
Find him in the poor, the down trodden, the immigrants,
Find him in prayer and worship
Find him in the Word proclaimed and preached, and on the altar, freely given for you.
Find him in your heart – as St. Augustine says in his Confessions:
“For see, thou wast within and I was without, and I sought thee out there.”
So come, eat, drink.