Sunday, 21 February 2010

Isaiah 58: 9-14

9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
11 And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
13 "If you turn back your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;
14 then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

This was the Gospel reading for Mass yesterday when I was on a weekend retreat. It struck me with a powerful force and I pondered over it several times. After the morning Mass at 7, I picked up the Good News Bible which lay in one of the bookshelves in hall.

As I proceeded to read the verses during the first session after breakfast, the lights were put off for an OHP presentation. I despaired.

From the East, a shaft of light from the rising sun fell on the page where the Bible lay opened, from the window adjacent to where I was sitting.

I was too overwhelmed to look elsewhere. For me, the Lord had spoken.
Picture courtesy: holistic moon

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