Last Sunday we saw the beginning of God’s relationship with His people, His beloved. This Sunday's first reading (Isaiah) shows us God’s view of that relationship. Which can sound a little scary at first, because it’s all vindication and recompense.
But it's not what we might think. It's God's version of vindication and recompense. And it’s all about making things right. Not by striking down anyone, but by making His beloved whole.
Sunday’s Gospel (Mark) shows us what that means in practice. When Jesus heals the man, Jesus takes him aside. Jesus focuses on him and what he’s dealing with. Jesus doesn’t heal him as part of some crowd of “His beloved.” He is the beloved, and Jesus heals him.
Which tells us a lot about God. God isn’t content with knowing us at a distance, much less healing us at a distance. God became one of us, to be with each of us, His beloved. Because with God, it’s personal.