Sunday, February 5, 2017
Here I Am
Today's First Reading struck me as a tremendous and ancient reminder for us all in times of doubt, confusion, or trial!
We always hear that in order to beat our own worries and fears we ought to seek to help OTHERS solve theirs, and here in this Old Testament reading we see that sentiment and the answer to our issues expressed clearly!
No shortage of hard advice dispensed by Isaiah in this one! :)
(Let's Go Pats!)
"Thus says the Lord: share your bread with the hungry,/ shelter the oppressed and the homeless,/clothe the naked when you see them:/ and do not turn your back on your own./
Then your light shall Break Forth like the dawn./ and your wound shall quickly be healed./ your vindication shall go before you./ and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. /
Then you shall call and the Lord will answer,/ you shall cry for help, and he will say:
Here I am!
If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;/ if you bestow your bread on the hungry/ and satisfy The afflicted;/ then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the Gloom shall become for you like midday.
The Word of the Lord
--- Isaiah 58:7-10