Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13 Reflection:
You know, when we meet God there is one thing that we shall not be able to say to him; ‘we were not warned.’
Many times in scripture we are told by God that our actions have consequences but still we continue to behave as though they had not. Today’s reading opens with the line: ‘trouble is coming to the rebellious, the defiled, the rebellious city.’
God could not make it any more clear. The reading then goes on to list the things that people refused to do to understand God and the truth more fully. Eventually God says that the proud will ‘cease to strut on my holy mountain.’
When we think of all the proud atheists that we see on TV and YouTube strutting about as if they owned the world and then we compare their attitude to that of our present Pope we can see something of what God is talking about.
But God also tells us something else about the new order. In it there will be no lies, no one will do wrong.
He is telling us something very important about the new heaven and new earth: there we shall live in God’s truth, but that is something that we are going to have to take a lot of time to get used too.
God’s truth is something we have no conception off, it is too great for us!