“your light shall rise in the darkness” (Isaiah 58:10b, NRSV).
The Prophet Isaiah is telling God’s people of all the things God wants to be able to do through them. Our lives are not an island unto ourselves, however much we might like things to be otherwise. We share our lives with the poor, the lonely, the sick, the discouraged and those who are different than we are. God challenges us to do more than just fast and pray, but to use those things to respond in reverence and love to the presence of God in others around us.
The few words from Isaiah “your light shall rise in the darkness” spoke very powerfully to me today. Through these words, I hear the Holy Spirit wanting to make a change in my life that is so profound that the light within me rises from the darkness. If that light rises in my life, it is because I accepted God’s call within myself to respond in love to be roused from my slumber “to translate into action, God’s holy teachings” (The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue 35).
Lectio Divina (the prayerful reading of Scripture) is about more than knowing this truth in my mind. I have to allow God to transform me in my heart (that is the whole of myself) so that it becomes more and more the way I live. God is very patient with me, but calls me to take a step toward a transparent way of living the Gospel.
May God continue to transform you and me so that we may all respond to God in our hearts; that our light will rise out of the darkness and illuminate the world around us with the love of Christ.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB