By: Chad Hyatt
Zephaniah 3. 14-20
Reflection— v. 20, ‘I will bring you home…’
Coming home means there is no reason to fear. Coming home means God will put an end to the crises of our own making but beyond our solving: ‘I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.’ Coming home means that God will ‘gather the outcast.’ Coming home means ‘shame’ will be changed to ‘praise.’ Home is an image of settled well-being—the desire of every human heart. Last night, talking with a friend, I asked, ‘Where are you staying now?’ ‘Downtown,’ he said. I understood in that moment my friend would leave the warmth of our week night meal, the friendship and laughter found on our little corner of Ponce—and trek back through the darkness toward the big buildings and garish neon of the cold city. There he would make his bed on concrete. I know what we do is not enough, but it is a beginning. Mercy begins in what we can do, not in what we cannot. We can bring one another home: making places where we no longer have to fear, where disaster is removed, where shameful reproach is turned to joyful dignity, where the outcast is welcomed at last.
Prayer Lord, bring all of us home.