Thought of the Day July 13, 2020 Sin blocks us

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We will continue our reflection on the silence of God.

Why does God keep silent? Scripture often presents his silence to us, his remoteness, as a consequence of mankind’s infidelity. As we read in Deuteronomy: "Behold, this people will rise and play the harlot after the strange gods of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake me and break my covenant which I have made with them … And I will surely hide my face in that day on account of all the evil they have done, because they have turned to other gods" (Deut 31:16-18). 

Sin, idolatry, is a like a screen that separates us from God. Sin hinders our seeing or hearing him; it is like a noise or din that makes his voice inaudible. He speaks in the silence but the noise we immerse ourselves in prevents us from hearing that still voice. But God waits patiently behind this block that we put between us and him. He is not absent, but he watches for the right moment to seek us out anew. "I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful" (Jer 3:12).

Put away sin. Wait upon the Lord.

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