Read Isaiah 58:1-12

from Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

It has been said that one of the hallmarks of the Christian faith is that we are called, and perhaps even obsessed, with the other. This is a rather freeing reality for us. We are different when we exercise this God-given reality. When we consider the other, selfishness and self-obsession give way to selflessness and humility. When we consider the other, scarcity gives way and generosity fills the room. Even personal consumption is curtailed as communal concern is displayed, when we get outside of ourselves. Christians are called to consider the other, or others, for we do not live alone, and in our baptism we are made one with the whole people of God.

This beautiful lesson from the prophet encourages the faithful to let our light rise in the darkness. Our bones will be made strong and we will be living water for a parched land and people. In these days as we consider the work of the Savior heading towards the cross, Isaiah also calls us to consider the other whom God has given us to love and to serve. Others are our brothers and sisters; we have been made one with the whole people of God.

Make us one with you, dear God, and with others  during this holy season that you have given us.