Saturday, July 4, 2015

Homily for 4 Jul 2015

4 Jul 2015

The Lord does whatever he wills, even if to our eyes it doesn’t always look right.  John the Baptist wondered why Jesus’ disciples didn’t fast like everybody else.  Well, Jesus is the Son of God; he can do what he wants—and what he wants is for people to enjoy his presence, like guests feasting at a wedding banquet.  Maybe it looked strange to John and the Pharisees because they hadn’t yet realized that Jesus is the divine Bridegroom they were waiting for.

And in the story of Jacob and Esau, it looks like Jacob and his mother Rebekah are deceiving Isaac.  But Esau had already sold his birthright as the older son to Jacob; earlier, he’d traded in his rights in exchange for a bowl of soup because he was hungry.  There wasn’t much of a deception there in what Rebekah and Jacob were doing—Jacob was the rightful recipient of Isaac’s final blessing.

God had willed it to happen.  Esau’s apparent apathy over his birthright, Rebekah and Jacob’s ‘deception,’ and even Isaac’s blindness all played their part in making God’s will come to be.  Even so, it doesn’t look right to us.  How do apathy, deception, and blindness contribute to God’s will being done?  Maybe we can’t know why they do.  But they do.  As we hear in the Psalm: “Praise the Lord, for he has chosen Jacob for himself.”  God chose Jacob, even though to our eyes, it looks like a set of unfortunate circumstances led Jacob to be chosen.

The Lord does whatever he wills, even if to us it doesn’t always look right.  But, of course, sometimes things don’t look right to us, they don’t feel right to us, because God’s will is not being done.  We experience that quite a bit in our country and in our world today.  But, in the midst of all that, we pray that prayer God himself puts on our lips: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

No matter how it might look to us, we pray that God’s will be done.  And, in that, everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to.      

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