Called to come home

I suspect that most of us would not say we are “at home” with the Book of Chronicles, the source of our first reading today. The Chronicles were written at the end of the Babylonian Exile. It is a look back at the history of the monarchy of Judah, its kings and the people.  It is not a history as we understand it – it is really an overarching assessment of the king and the people against one standard, and one standard only:  how did we do as the people of the Covenant with God; a Covenant given to us on Sinai through the prophet Moses?  The short answer: not good.  The Book of Chronicles is a history of sin, a history of ignoring the covenant, a history of taking on the name of the Lord in vain.  Continue reading