February 9, 2020
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Light in the Gloom
If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday.
We live, it seems, in a time in which political talk never, ever ends. And about this time in the four-year election cycle in the U.S., it's reaching a peak. Sometimes the intense emotions and judgments that characterize these conversations lead me to wonder if people are looking for a competent government leader or something more profound in a spiritually barren time. As the prophet Isaiah tells us today, in being confronted with human suffering, our call is not to look for another to fix it all; our call is to leave our comfort zone, find the needy, embrace them as our sisters and brothers, and meet their needs. No matter who wins or loses these earthly battles, nothing is stopping us from bringing his light into that gloom.
- Amy Welborn