And you should feel bad

Everybody has that one friend.  Well, not really a friend.  But somebody who’s just a little too happy to share bad news.  Especially bad news about you. 

The payoff?  Your reaction.  They can’t wait to watch you beat yourself up about it. 

It’s pretty unhealthy. 

And it’s exactly what we don’t see in the first reading (Nehemiah).  

There’s that moment when the light goes on.  When the people realize how far they’ve wandered from God.  They get it.  And they are devastated by that realization. 

And for someone who thinks of God being like that “friend,” what happens next is a complete surprise. 

More on this tomorrow.  Readings for Sunday