Reflecting on the readings for the feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist, especially the wonderful passages from Isaiah chapter 49:1-6 and Psalm 139, I’m struck by John’s call to be a light for the nations to bring unity to all humanity. One could make a retreat based on those two readings.
The vocation to follow the Lord, as expressed in these readings, evokes emotions of wonder, joy, purpose, destiny, protection, reward, fruitfulness, praise, amazement, thanksgiving.
As we follow the Lord in our own life, we too can experience these blessings of vocation in our own call to be a light for the nations and to bring all creation into one in Christ. Do we let the light of Christ shine through us? Do we strive to unite a divided and contentious world, despite the challenges?
Let’s take a moment to consider how we have been blessed in our serving of Christ and praise God for the witness of John the Baptist and for our own vocation. May we draw strength from the faithful witness of so many believers and continue on the path to life.
“I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)