It happens that we witness situations that go against what we would expect; what we see is totally different from the usual way.
At such times, someone can exclaim: “It’s the world upside down!”
I suppose that the last verse of this Sunday’s gospel (Mt.20:1-16) would lead us to say the same as we hear:
“The last will be first, and the first will be last.”
With God, it seems to be the reality in so many ways! A world… upside down!
It is a world where:
- the sick can touch the Master and be cured
- the lepers are not kept at a distance
- the sinners are not condemned without an offer of forgiveness
- the children are not sent away by adults too serious
- the Law is at the service of people, not the other way around.
It is a world where the lowly, the impure, the outcast, the rejected, the unworthy are accepted and saved.
A world where… we, too, would feel welcomed – if we accept to take on Jesus’ way.
This way – God’s way – the prophets had spoken about it in his name (1st reading: Is.55:6-9).
Jesus came to live it in our midst inviting us to follow him on this way.
A world upside down but… where it is so good to live!
« The kingdom of God », nothing less!
Note: Another reflection on a similar theme in French can be found at: https://image-i-nations.com/25e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2020/
Source: Image: World of Empowerment