Today’s readings from Second Chronicles of King Hezekiah’s reforms show the importance of repentance and renewal. After many years of decline and unfaithfulness in Israel’s religious practices, the new king Hezekiah initiated a period of reform. The process of purification and rededication which the priests are instructed to perform represents the need for God’s people to exercise intentional humility and a willingness to change if we are to approach God’s presence.
The reading from Hebrews, though, highlights the Good News that Jesus has decisively bridged the gap in our relationship with God. In Christ, we profess not only that God has redeemed us from bondage to sin and death, but our trust that we have been reconciled to our Creator. We are not doomed to dwell as strangers to God, but have been welcomed into His covenant family. We can only express our confidence in the power of this gift of grace, and our gratitude at its life-changing significance.