Sometimes I wonder whether we Christians are seeing our world with spiritual eyes instead of worldly ones. It seems that we often focus our energies on worldly problems when we should focus on our spiritual difficulties and seek God’s grace in helping us to find solutions to those problems. Today the first reading from Isaiah reveals the hope and confidence that all of should have in God’s love for all of his people.
Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the LORD shines,
and over you appears his glory.
Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you:
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.
Seek the things of heaven, not those of earth. While we live in this world and must attend to the troubles of the day, we need to remember that there is a larger reality in which we live, one in which God is in control.
Trust in him.