Two books in Lent, “The Word in the Wilderness” by Malcolm Guite, “The Magnificat” RC readings on a daily basis (which I should read every day regardless!).
Yesterday and today, references to the yoke – a sharing of burden or that I am overburdened by my own doing? Isa 58:1-9a, in particular, upon fasting for ‘show’; but really we should share in our fasting, our food with those who have none. It is the Lord who speaks, “to break unjust fetters and undo the thongs of the yoke, to share your bread with the hungry … to shelter the homeless … and to clothe that man you see naked ..”
Isa 58:9b-14 – “to do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word, help the hungry and oppressed then the Lord will guide you, your light will rise in the darkness and your shadows will fall away”. In Malcolm’s book, he writes about not rising to heights to pray because a part of us will fall. Instead we must kneel together for we will all be the same height. Share the suffering share the yoke and lighten the load of others. Be that light to help cast away their shadows but do it not for yourself but for the joy of the Lord, the joy in Christ’s heart.
My drawing is not very clear but I saw, in my mind, an old polished oak floor (polished by years of kneeling) where we would all kneel together in equality … but right there, in clear sight, a vase of fresh, fragrant cut flowers, beautiful vibrant colour, radiant. This is how I saw Christ today.
POEM for reflection: “On the Pinnacle” – Malcolm Guite.