Wednesday, March 13, 2013

“In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you, and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people, to restore the land and allot the desolate heritages, saying to the prisoners: Come out!”. (Isaiah 49: 8-9)

Is the prophet speaking of the Servant of Yahweh or of Israel? Leaving exegetical problems to the specialists, we can read in this passage a call to us today. First, there is a consoling fact. God is not deaf to our invocations and is always ready to sustain us with His help. We have experienced this many times, both personally and as Church. Suffice it to go back to our life or to the history of every epoch that has known the presence of saints, the providential divine help to overcome the darkness, persons who have not spared themselves for the Church.

“I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people, to restore the land” is the appeal that reached them and to which they generously corresponded, allowing God to work the prodigies of reconstruction through their littleness. How many persons who were confused and lost, seeking a way out or a ray of light to grasp have experienced through them the God who saves? These are not just pretty stories. This is the history of yesterday, which seeks to become the story of today. The darkness has always existed, even though today it seems worse because we are immersed in it. God’s mercy never abandons His children, not even those who rebel. The shadows help us accomplish the duty of evidencing the light.

This does not happen automatically. It is necessary that once having received the divine current, we propagate it. This duty is not reserved only to canonized saints, but to every Christian and therefore to each of us, called to be signs of hope that cry out life. We can rise over any situation as long as we do not let ourselves be overcome by pessimism.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will take God’s call seriously and answer it in my daily life among those with whom I live and work.

Lord, take my hands, my voice, my feet, my mind, my heart, my whole being. Use them as You wish to bring light where darkness seems to triumph, to restore hope where desperation reigns.

- Living Scripture