Friday of the First Week of Advent

Waiting in Darkness

In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone; all who are alert to do evil will be cut off, those whose mere words condemn a man, who ensnare his defender at the gate, and leave the just man with an empty claim. (Is 29:18-21)

The words of the prophet Isaiah are as true for us today as they were for the people of Israel. All those who find themselves lost in the darkness of fear, uncertainty, calamity, and injustice will one day see the light. Our Lord came so that our claims would not be empty. He is our light and our salvation ā€“ the means by which we become whole again.

I can never escape my brokenness. Iā€™m reminded of it around every corner. I see it when I become the tyrant and oppress others by demanding to get my own way. I see it when I self-righteously condemn others. I see it when I ensnare others just to prove I was right. Sometimes Iā€™m the cause of my own gloom and darkness.

Mary, you were one of the lowly ones of Israel, yet you found joy in the Lord. You waited patiently in the darkness because you knew that one day the Light would come. Help me to see that waiting in the darkness is necessary for me to grow toward the Light.

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