Posted by: livingscripture | March 17, 2010

Fourth Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 They shall not hunger or thirst, nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them; for He who pities them leads them and guides them.

                                   Isaiah 49: 10

 How should we live this Word

 The prophet Isaiah is speaking to the exiled Israelites in Babylon.  It is a passage of great consolation and the exegetes deem it of universal importance. 

 The sacred author invites human beings as well as the whole cosmos, heaven and earth, to rejoice because the Lord consoles and has pity on His people.  Because of their sin, they have fallen so low as to experience great suffering that makes them exclaim, ‘the Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.’  At this point, a beautiful image takes shape, one that is deeply human.  “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” The entire passage leads to this appropriate affirmation and confirms what the Lord promises through the prophet.  Those who are guided by God find a way to lead a spiritual life that is not entrapped by materialism.  God loves His creatures and His provident love does not permit their lives to fall into privations or excesses that impede them from following the path of the good.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let this word question me.  Do I recognize God as my guide and my liberator?  Am I grateful to Him?  Do I rejoice?

 Lord, do not allow me to drag along in life unaware of Your continuous gifts.  Grant that I may let myself be guided by You to Your Easter.

 The voice of Desmond Tutu, Anglican Bishop, Recipient of the Nobel Peace Award

 God holds each one of us in His hands like a precious and fragile thing that exists only because He continually infuses life into it.  Thus God says to each one of us, ‘I love you.  Your are precious to me in your fragility and vulnerability.  Your life is a gift.  I infuse it and I consider you as precious.


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