“Then who can be saved?” And he said, “What is impossible for human beings is possible for God.” Luke 18:26-27
In the story of Israel, they find themselves once again in dire straights, having lost the Ark of the Covenant because of their unfaithfulness to God. In these last few days we have witnessed the retelling the mercy of God. Despite their wickedness, the Ark is restored to them as a sign that the Lord is God, and He alone. Today, we read how under the leadership of Samuel, their relationship with God is restored. They enjoy God’s presence, not because of anything they have done to ‘deserve’ it; it is pure gift – a divine gift. But, as we also see today in First Samuel, the Israelites spurn the special relationship they have with the Eternal One, by choosing to be like all other nations by choosing an earthly king of the King of Kings.
The story of Israel is our story. We have been baptized into the heavenly family of God, yet often we find ourselves trying to satisfy the hunger in our hearts for that Divine encounter, replacing it with much lesser things. We too settle for earthly guidance when the Sacred Word and the Sacraments hold the key to our happiness.
Watching the tragic unfolding of Israel’s journey we can, with the followers of Jesus, cry out, “Then who can be saved?” The secret is God’s mercy; it always has been and always will be.
Let us today, choose anew to put the Lord first, and entrust all of our worry and concerns to Him. Let us remind ourselves, that the battle belongs to the Lord. Let us follow the advice of Psalm 115, a good reminder for us to trust in the Lord, and proclaim with our lips His eternal goodness.
May God bless you.