“I will never forget you, my people…”
Today the Church gives us this beautiful reading from Isaiah 49: “Could a mother forget the child within her womb. Yet, even if these forget, I will never forget you, my people.”
Then, in the Gospel Jesus speaks of Himself and the Father as one: “My father goes on working and so do I.” So we are given another insight into Jesus/God being Son, Father and Mother – the Sprit being the “creative” or “feminine “ aspect of God. And this “creative sense” of God is important for us to grasp as it is the essence of what we are all about. We are not static, stuck in one place people but people who are constantly being changed as “from glory to glory He’s changing us” into something beautiful for God. The problem with the S & Ps was that they were “stuck in the mud” of their own obstinacies and couldn’t see beyond the Law that they followed so solemnly. They couldn’t comprehend a God who could be compared with a mother loving the child within her womb. Yet this is the level at which we must understand God.
When the Holy Sprit comes upon the Apostles and Mary after the Ascension they are re-created and given the power to go on with the mission of spreading this notion that God desires a personal and intimate relationship with each of us.
This is what Lent is all about. It’s not an endurance test but a point at which we come to the fullest knowledge of who God is in our lives: a God who rescues us from our wanderings and forgives us of our infidelities and clothes us in a robe of glory while setting a banquet before us.
Our own St. Catherine reminds us, “It’s Heaven all the way to Heaven” and on the way God promises, “I will never forget you, my people.” Amen!