Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Isaiah 49:1-7

Epiphany 2 – Year A

Isaiah 49:1-7

It is too little, too light, a thing that our belovedness be limited to a narrow range of blessing. To be beloved at all is to toss off blessings in all directions. There does not seem to be any distinction between a touch of belovedness and a universe of blessing.

A blessing of wholeness (salvation) cannot be bordered according to cultural, familial, experiential, or political boundaries. Once set loose, belovedness has an arc beyond the particular and peculiar. Belovedness will probably start with a specific focus, but it can never end there. This is much the same with the reading and hearing of evocative text – it begins with the literal, but can never be limited to the literal.

Hear Isaiah in terms of your own life: "It is too light a thing that you should be only for those you are currently for; you are given as a light to creation that it might be whole."

Be ye lifted up and shine, shine, shine.

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