Fr. David's Lenten Reflections Day 3
Today we come to the third
day of our Lenten journey, God bless you as you travel the path to the Cross and to our Lord’s resurrection.
This year’s reflections focus on the Lenten readings from the prophesy of Isaiah. I’ll do the readings as part of my Lent
en reflections; they are what we need to focus on.
One important thing to hear in this passage is Isaiah prophesying that “out of Sion shall go forth the law.” The law, as it was given to the Jews, came from Mount Sinai, not from Zion, which is a mountain just outside Jerusalem. Isaiah was saying that a new law would come, one with the same weight as the law of Moses, in fact, more. This law, the law of the gospel of Jesus Christ, is a law of peace, as he says, “neither shall they learn war any more.” Let’s listen to Isaiah 2:3-11.
3 And many nations shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will tell us his way, and we will walk in it: for out of Sion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord out of Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into sickles: and nation shall not take up sword against nation, neither shall they learn to war any more.
5 And now, O house of Jacob, come, an
d let us walk in the light of the Lord. 6 For he has forsaken his people the house of Israel, because their land is filled as at the beginning with divinations, as the land of the Philistines, and many strange children were born to them. 7 For their land is filled with silver and gold, and there was no number of their treasures; their land also is filled with horses, and there was no number of their chariots. 8 And the land is filled with abominations, even the works of their hands; and they have worshipped the works which their fingers made. 9 And the mean man bowed down, and the great man was humbled: and I will not pardon them.
10 Now therefore enter ye into the rocks, and hide yourselves in the earth, for fear of the Lord, and by reason of the glory of his might, when he shall arise to strike terribly the earth. 11 For the eyes of the L
ord are high, but man is low; and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
During this holy season of Lent, let us heed the word of Isaiah when he said, “now let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Indeed, we fast and pray, reflect, and spend more time in church. All of this is light, and now is the time for us to walk in it.