Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Cor 1:3-9
I wish you would tear the sky and descend!
This is a dramatic plea. The prophet looks at the people and sees their hardened heart and lost life, an impure people withering from injustice, a people lethargic in their sins that could not adhere to God.
The overriding need for God’s closeness is the only way out that the prophet sees and refers to God in this supplication.
What makes this return of God possible is not the virtue or the faith of his people but the fact that God is “our Father” our maker, “we are all the work of your hand.”
Coming out of lethargy is not easy, it means making ourselves capable of seeing the manifestation of God.
A tired community, tired of waiting to put down roots somewhere, tired of being looked down upon, tired of having to stifle its talents, is a community that easily becomes lethargic. The consequence of fatigue is to give importance to things that are not really important and to minimize what really is, and then we are accommodating ourselves to the superficial things that we see around us: the image, the laziness, the money … and so on, little by little, we are drying up at our roots.
I wish you would tear the sky and descend! It is our cry to God and, for his part, God, our Father, tells us: Come out of your lethargy! Watch! Look what I have prepared for you, not only am I your Father and Maker, I become your brother and savior, I become one of you to walk with you.
This is the deep meaning of “Watch!” that Jesus exposes in the Gospel: come out of your lethargy! Be able to see the true wealth to which a man can aspire!
There is nothing that can prevent the coming of the Lord, not even our sins, nor is there anything in us that can force him to come; but only his love, absolutely free and gratuitous, for us, his children and the work of his hands.