Last Sunday’s readings start Advent with something none of us like to do. Taking an honest look at ourselves. And realizing how much distance we’ve put between ourselves and God.
We don’t like to think about it. Because none of us like to be called out on our mistakes and shortcomings. Whether it’s done privately or publicly, it’s humiliating.
So it’s no surprise that we have zero interest in owning up to our mistakes and shortcomings.
We would rather act like whatever it was didn’t happen. Or convince ourselves that it was really no big deal. Or just hope nobody makes us own up to our mistakes and shortcomings.
Which is why Sunday’s first reading is so important. Because it shows us God’s response to our honesty. When we do own up to our mistakes and shortcomings.
It’s about as far from humiliating as you can get.
More on this tomorrow.