If Exodus 32 describes a time of idolatrous blindness and futility, Isaiah 25 shows us the moment of hope in which God's people are called to live—at all times.
Season after Pentecost | 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; (Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-10;) 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10
The Prodigal Son is often read to mean that God loves sinners, whereas the Jews thought God only loved the righteous. This makes no sense.
Exodus 32 is too monumental not to mention. And while the lectionary assigns 32:7–14, it’s important to include verses 1–6 as well. I suggest we stop calling this text the “golden calf” incident and begin calling it the “God changes God’s mind at the request of Moses” incident.