Sunday, January 16, 2011
The words from Isaiah struck something in me today. He says that he has been made glorious in the sight of the Lord and that God is his strength. It is only by humbly admitting that our strength is in God, that we can be made His glorious servants. This is shown in today's readings in Isaiah, Paul and John the Baptist.
Isaiah was a prophet and a servant of God. He was sanctified and sent to be a light to the nations.
John the Baptist tells those he is baptizing at the Jordan to Behold the Lamb of God. He was sanctified in the womb and grew to be a servant of God in preparing the way for Christ.
Paul writes to the Corinthians as an apostle of Christ and addresses those who have been sanctified in Christ. This is all of us; we were sanctified in Christ at our baptism, and because we were, we too are called to be servants of God. We may not be called to be lights to the nations, but we are called to be lights to those around us. We, like Isaiah, John and Paul are to glorify God by our lives so that His salvation may reach everyone.
When we answer God's call to holiness, He is glorified in us and we are made glorious in His sight.
May we respond with the Psalmist, "Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will."
Grant me the grace to answer Your call to holiness, desiring only to do Your will. With all humility I seek You as my strength. Having been sanctified in Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, I am Your servant. In serving You, may Your salvation reach those You put in my path. May You be glorified in me and I be made glorious in Your sight.
I offer You this prayer in Jesus' name.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.