The Tangled Human Mind

“The Tangled Human Mind”
A reflection on Isaiah 55:8-9
Sunday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (Year A)
©️2023 Gloria M. Chang

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)

God’s Ways

How are God’s ways higher than our ways?

1. God Gives Freely

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.”

Isaiah 55:1

Humans entangled in earthly financial and bartering systems cannot fathom divine grace. The savvy economist knows: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”

2. God Saves Universally

Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
and a nation that did not know you shall run to you.

Isaiah 55:5

God calls all nations to himself through the Davidic covenant. Set apart from all other nations, the Israelites barely comprehended their worldwide mission to the Gentiles.

3. God Forgives Abundantly

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Isaiah 55:6-7

While humans place limits on forgiveness (“seven times?”), God’s mercy overflows without measure, disarming human vengeance (“seventy-seven times”) (Matthew 18:21-22; Genesis 4:24).

The tangled human mind
God’s ways cannot unwind.

Traditional Chinese Translation


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