They all say it —
I’ll say it too …
You’ve got a new favorite.”
Those lines are the opening verse to Alison Krauss’ heartbreaking song about the end of a love affair (click on link below). Most of us have had experiences in our lives where someone we have loved has abandoned us or betrayed us. A spouse, a love, a friend, a family member. Maybe we live in fear of losing someone important to us. Perhaps we fear that because of things that we have done that even God has turned his back on us.
In the first reading today from the Book of Sirach, we are assured that no matter what causes us anxiety or pain, God hears us and is merciful to us:
“The LORD is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites.
Though not unduly partial toward the weak,
yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.
The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.
The one who serves God willingly is heard;
his petition reaches the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
judges justly and affirms the right,
and the Lord will not delay.”
So my sisters and brothers, know that our God does not have favorites. His favor rests on all those who call out to him in faith.