March 17, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
“Saying to the prisoners: Come out! To those in darkness: Show yourselves!” (Isaiah 49:9)
SHOW YOURSELVES: For our Lenten reflection today, we shed light on our shame. I chose my words carefully – shed light on our shame. Shame plunges us into darkness. For many of us, it is not a darkness that comes and goes with the rising and setting of the sun; it is a perpetual darkness that appears to get darker and darker over time. It is the type of darkness that permeates all areas of our life – it not only prevents us from finding the right path, but may also lead us to give up on ever finding it, to lose hope.
God is our light. He is calling out to us – Come out! Come toward me! I am the truth and the light.
We must not stay hidden in the darkness of our shame. God is not looking to punish us, but rather to forgive us. He offers us hope. He will light up our path once again!
What is your responsibility in acquiring the gift of his mercy? Very simple – Show yourselves!