Posted by: livingscripture | March 10, 2009

Second Tuesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day


Hear the word of the Lord, princes of Sodom!  Listen to the instruction of our God, people of Gomorrah!   (Isaiah 1, 10)


How should we live this Worddestruction-of-jerusalem


Sodom and Gomorrah are two biblical names which evoke images of widespread evil causing their complete extinction.  From the initial harmony which all of creation enjoyed under God’s blessing, little by little the chaos of moral disorder was introduced.  It was a destructive principle that inexorably led to the cancellation of all life in the two depraved cities.  Was this God’s punishment?  Or was it rather the inevitable epilogue of a corruptive process that had corroded the very foundations of society and individual life? 


By calling upon his contemporaries, the princes of Sodom and the people of Gomorrah, the prophet connects those times to the disharmony that the evil of any epoch introduces into the human and cosmic tapestry.  It is a warning to become aware of the tremendous consequences of sin that go beyond the individual.  In the Garden of Eden, God entrusted humanity with the cosmos and each individual, to ‘tend and cultivate’.  It is a responsibility that we cannot ignore without setting off processes of destruction.  So, should we fall into depressing considerations that lead us to think that there is nothing we can do?


‘Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow’, the Lord repeats to us through the words of the prophet.  It is up to us to arise ‘ceasing to do evil and learning to do good’.  His grace sustains us but also urges us to not delay before it is too late.


In my pause for silent contemplation today I will allow this passage to interrogate me.  It is addressed to me as an invitation to correct my course and decisively place myself on the path of love.


Lord, grant that I may be aware of my responsibility in the face of the degradation that I am only too prompt to condemn.  Grant that I may be sustained by Your grace so as to collaborate with my sisters and brothers for the coming of a society founded on the dictates of love.


The voice of Oscar Romero, Bishop and martyr


When we preach the Lord’s Word, we not only denounce the injustices of the social order.  We also denounce every sin that is darkness and that is night:  drunkenness, avifity, adultery, abortions. All that is of the kingdom of evil and sin must disappear from our society.

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