From Monday's reading:
Then the LORD said:From today's (Tuesday's) reading:
“The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great,
and their sin so grave,
that I must go down and see whether or not their actions
fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me.
I mean to find out.”
God is always in charge of every situation. It is fashionable to pretend that this is not true; or that God is some sort of abstract, changeable construct existing only in the minds of men or else some tame spiritual pet; or that the real sin of Sodom was that when the men of the town showed up at Lot's house intending to rape the male strangers whom Lot was sheltering (not knowing they were angels of the Lord in disguise), they were so inhospitable that they forgot to bring a casserole/hot dish and a side gelatin salad to pass around.
The sun was just rising over the earth as Lot arrived in Zoar;
at the same time the LORD rained down sulphurous fire
upon Sodom and Gomorrah
from the LORD out of heaven.
He overthrew those cities and the whole Plain,
together with the inhabitants of the cities
and the produce of the soil.
But Lot’s wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.
Early the next morning Abraham went to the place
where he had stood in the LORD’s presence.
As he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah
and the whole region of the Plain,
he saw dense smoke over the land rising like fumes from a furnace.
Thus it came to pass: when God destroyed the Cities of the Plain,
he was mindful of Abraham by sending Lot away from the upheaval
by which God overthrew the cities where Lot had been living.
We play such games at our peril--even if our own sins do not as yet rise to the level of the sins of Sodom. None of us deserves to escape misery and suffering, myself least of all. Confronting that reality, many of us cry out with the Apostles, "Who, then, can be saved?" And we hear, again, the mystery: that what is impossible for us is possible for God; in that is our hope.