What’s in it for me? I mean really, this following Jesus thing, what’s in it for me? In our hearts, all of us have wondered about the answer to those questions. So too did those of Isaiah’s time. Today’s first reading is an answer.
Thus says the LORD:
If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always
and give you plenty even on the parched land.
He will renew your strength,
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring whose water never fails.
The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,
and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;
“Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you,
“Restorer of ruined homesteads.”
What’s in it for us? We get to do God’s work and he honors our efforts. We feel his presence, we know that he is close to us. In the process, we learn that being in God’s love gives us a satisfaction that nothing else in the world can match.
Best. Thing. Ever.