Today is Wednesday the 22 September, in the 25th week of Ordinary time.
Kalley sings ‘Rebuilding my Ruins’. How might God be “rebuilding your ruins” at the moment?
Today’s reading is from the Book of Ezra.
At the evening sacrifice I got up from my fasting, with my garments and my mantle torn, and fell on my knees, spread out my hands to the Lord my God, and said,
‘O my God, I am too ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens. From the days of our ancestors to this day we have been deep in guilt, and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been handed over to the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plundering, and to utter shame, as is now the case. But now for a brief moment favour has been shown by the Lord our God, who has left us a remnant, and given us a stake in his holy place, in order that he may brighten our eyes and grant us a little sustenance in our slavery. For we are slaves; yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to give us new life to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judea and Jerusalem.
The prophet says that “favour has been shown by the Lord”; how might he know this? Have you ever experienced anything like this in your own life? What did that look like?
“God has not forsaken us”.How do you respond to this statement right now? Would you agree? Or do you feel forsaken by God at the moment?
Now listen as the passage is read again, and ask what is meant by God giving “us new life”.
Finally, gather together all the feelings that have come to you during this time of reflection; try and fashion them into a prayer, and place it before God.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.