Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 Reflection:
In the first reading today we have one of those wonderful phrases of the scriptures which show the closeness of God to his people. God is speaking through the prophet and tells the Israelites, “Cease to do evil, Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan and plead for the widow,”
Here God is showing the kind of fasting that he wants, the fasting of justice and right. But then he uses the phrase, “Come now, let us talk this over.”
This is the way a parent would talk to a child or an adult to a younger person. There is a beautiful mental picture here of God sitting talking to his people in something like a committee meeting.
It is the closeness of God to his people. In the book of Deuteronomy it say, “What great nation has its God so close to them as we have, when we call upon his name.”
This closeness of God to his people is what sets the faith of the Jews and of us, apart from all other faiths. Our God is at hand, close and near, always waiting on us to call to him.
What a lovely thought!