"I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness." Is 42: 6-7
It is important to remember that although Christians read this text in the light of the Gospel, Isaiah was consoling the Jewish people after they had been dragged into exile. Wanting to assure his people that God had not and would not abandon them, Isaiah asks them to imagine God taking them by the hand and guiding them home.
Along with the people of the Israel, Christians know that God's guidance has a price, and though it is simple, it is also difficult to commit oneself to helping people see, rescuing prisoners and bringing light to those who live in darkness. The key to living this way is never to forget our dependence on God's mercy for everything we do.
The great saints, never denying or ignoring their faults and sins, knew how important it was to respond to those most in need with God's compassion and determination. Julian of Norwich wrote: "My own sin will not hinder the working of God's goodness."(Julian) Not concerned about whether those they helped responded gratefully, the saints were committed to serving God in the poor despite the cost.
Today, ask God to know and live your Gospel role.
What have been your best experiences of discipleship?