Islands, listen to me, pay attention, remotest peoples. The Lord called me before I was born, from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name. He made my mouth a sharp sword, and hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me into a sharpened arrow, and concealed me in his quiver.
He said to me, ‘You are my servant (Israel) in whom I shall be glorified’; while I was thinking, ‘I have toiled in vain, I have exhausted myself for nothing’; and all the while my cause was with the Lord, my reward with my God. I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord, my God was my strength.
And now the Lord has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel to him: ‘It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’
First reading for the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist
How often do we hesitate over the lesser things that God invites us to, and that challenge our vision of ourselves and others. And yet, as with Isaiah, we are also called to share in the great work of being a light to the nations!
How we live our faith can illumine the lives of others and it can cast a sombre shadow over them too.
Sometimes we know what to do.
Sometimes we are mightily puzzled.
- What have been examples of both for you recently?
- Bring your relfections to God in prayer.
Stained glass. St-Germain-l’Auxerrois, Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris