When we were kids, it was easy to find out about the kid next door, who they were and what they did. You could just go ask if they could come out and play.
Sunday’s Old Testament reading shows God speaking directly – “my ways are above your ways, and my thoughts are above your thoughts.” This can make God sound really distant and difficult, like something we can’t begin to understand without advanced degrees and decades of research. It would be great if there was a simple way to find out who God is and what God does, to go ask if God could come out and play.
There is a simple way - the parables of Jesus. Jesus' stories show us who God is and what God does, no degrees or research needed. And Sunday's Gospel is a story that shows us what it really means when God says “my ways are above your ways, and my thoughts are above your thoughts.”
More on this tomorrow.