Isaiah 49:1-6 / Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 / John 13:21-33, 36-38
“I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6
Today’s readings are a set-up for the Passion, death, and resurrection we will celebrate later this week. The reading from Isaiah reminds us we are all created by God with unique gifts and yet we share a common purpose as Christians: to be light to the nations. We certainly need light and hope as we work to contain COVID- 19. We certainly need light and hope in a world fractured by disease, poverty, hunger, and militarism. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught that we can’t fight darkness with darkness. Only light can extinguish darkness and only love can extinguish hatred and fear. One question today’s reading raises is how can we be God’s love in our families, workplaces, schools, communities, and world today?
Putting Our Faith Into Action
Give light by going through your home and labeling things that you no longer use or need. When quarantine restrictions end, donate these to non-profits helping the poor like Joseph’s Coat, Salvation Army, or Bridging.
Be light by packing meals with our parish at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan on Saturday, May 16 from 9-11 a.m. (Watch for updates on physical distancing guidelines as we approach that date.) Anyone age 5 or up is welcome and youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up by emailing Paul at .
We Shall Walk Through the Valley (music)
We Shall Walk Through the Valley” is an African-American spiritual has been an important part of GA’s holy week tradition for many years. This is a recording of our choir singing it at the end of the 2015 Tenebrae liturgy, as the lit Easter candle is carried back into the church as a sign of hope in the darkness.
Centering Practice for Today
Breathe deeply, in and out, three times:
- one, to let go of your fears;
- two, to open yourself to the loving presence of God;
- three, to trust Jesus and allow yourself to be led along the pathway of God.
Loving God, we are grateful for the many gifts you give us each day. In this time of uncertainty, please give us courage and support from our Guardian Angels community to continue to be lights of hope and compassion.
Hear me, O islands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me. You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory.
Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, Yet my reward is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God. For now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, That Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.