A God of Integrity and a Saviour

The title of this blog post is taken from the first reading at Mass today, Isaiah 45.6-8, 18, 21-25. If you have time — and surely, you do have time — read the omitted verses as well. It is a magnificent piece of writing, expressing the power of God, his intimate connection with creation and his tender love towards all that is. I think the astronauts on the International Space Station, whether they be religious or not, must have something of the same sense of wonder and awe as the prophet Isaiah when they look back at the earth and see the beauty and fragility of our slowly-spinning blue globe.

There is a paradox here, as so often. The planet on which we live is torn by war and division, sullied by our abuse of the environment, its beauty equalled only by the brutality of its inhabitants (you and me, to speak plainly). But that is not the whole story. We may be just a little speck of life in the Universe, but a little speck with a glorious destiny. As Isaiah proclaims, our God is a God of integrity who will restore wholeness, a Saviour who will redeem our sin and failure. In these dark days, when the weather is bleak and the news full of stories of death and disaster, it can be hard to maintain hope, but that is preciasely why we are given Advent. These few days invite us to reflect on what it means not to have a Saviour, not to know the mercy of God, and, having reflected, to experience anew the hope which is already fulfilled in Christ. The Promise of the Messiah is for all generations, including our own.


1 thought on “A God of Integrity and a Saviour”

  1. Thank you.

    I have often thought about the terms Prophets and Minor prophets where their prophecy is defined as less important than another. I’m not sure that mankind, defining God’s Inspired Wordss as less or greater would fit in with Jesus’ teaching of the first will be last and the least shall be first.

    When I view Isaiah’s writing in the lens of our world today, it gives hope for all of mankind – but will mankind respond, is the 1 million dollar question?

    Increasingly, we seem to see less and less of God in the Christmas season and more and more of consumerism, selfishness and a lack of compassion from politicians and people.

    Our Job is surely to go out and to make disciples, Jesus’ great commission – I hope that Advent is for at least some of those of little or no faith, a chance to engage with their spiritual life and relationship with God, in ways that increase their happiness and security and faith in him.

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