Sunday, 24 July 2016

Perseverance: God is search of Man

Perseverance is the basic theme running through the readings of the day.  Abraham pleading with the Lord to spare Soddom if he finds at least 10 good people (what initially was 50 good people). In the Gospel we hear Jesus speak of the man who keeps knocking on the door of his neighbour till he offers him some bread, even though it is well past meals time.

It is very likely we relate ourselves to the man asking and the Lord to the one who is being asked.  However, it is interesting to note that often it is the Lord who is persevering, in spite of all our negligence and indifference.  Perhaps more than the Lord asking us to persevere in prayer, the readings hint at the perseverance of the Lord Himself.  The second reading makes this point quite noteworthily.

Reminds me of the book of Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man.

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