Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 


 

Opening Prayer

The Lord is my light. God is our light. Please, God, teach us how to be light for one another, and to bring Your Light to the nations and to the ends of the earth, by the loving way we live. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 
 

Reading

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
The Lord said to me: You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; and I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, the Lord says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth. 
 

Reflection

One of the most frequently prayed Psalms is Psalm 27. It begins: 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation:
I will fear no one.”

 

The Lord is my light! We need light in our lives – to see more clearly and move safely through the day and night. We need light, sunlight – to warm the earth, and us, so that we have food and don’t perish in the cold. We need light, inner light – to inspire us, show us the path to Life, and lead us to our loving God.
Each of us has experienced darkness in a variety of ways – in the setting of the sun, in a power outage, in our hearts when we experience suffering and loss. Just as John of the Cross went through what he called “the dark night of the soul”, we sometimes wait too for the healing light to revive us, waiting with faith and deep trust in God. We must hold tightly to the words of Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; of whom shall I be afraid?”   

 

 
 

In the first reading today from the prophet Isaiah, he proclaims God’s call to us:
 

“I will make you a light to the nations,
 
that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.”
 

Every one of us carries the Light of God within us. Isaiah makes it clear that God desires that we bring light wherever we go, to whomever we meet. A smile, an expression of gratitude, a word of kindness or encouragement – all can bring a ray of light where it is needed. Think you can’t do it? Isaiah says, “my God is now my strength.
 
” Perhaps this week we could reflect on our call, and our ability, to bring light to others. The famous Trappist monk, mystic and spiritual writer Thomas Merton, put it this way:

 

“There is no way of telling people
 
that they are walking around
 
shining like the sun.” 

Closing Prayer

Grant me your grace to live with welcoming love so that I may bring your light wherever I am. Amen.   

 

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