January 31

Isaiah 6:1-4

“Seraphs were in attendance above him;…and one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’” vss. 2a-3

Isaiah traces his call to be a prophet to a vision that he had in the year 738 BCE and then describes the vision as having taken place in the temple in Jerusalem. As he recounts the hymn of praise sung by the six-winged attending seraphs he lets his readers know that the glory of the Lord was not confined to the temple but extended throughout the whole earth. This expansive view of God’s presence has continued to be a foundational conviction of Judeo-Christian thought. We go even further in our time and make the claim that the Divine Presence fills the universe. This means that every square inch of the earth, moon and stars is holy ground, and furthermore, every living thing is suffused with holiness, no exceptions! What a difference it would make in our world if humanity took this basic truth to heart! It would impact our attitude and actions toward the environment and all creatures. Admittedly sometimes it’s hard to keep that kind of mindset–we’ve been raised to think in dualistic terms. Things are black or white, good or evil, and that’s it. We can’t even imagine all things being good–even when that’s the clear testimony of Genesis. But our minds can be changed! And oh what a revelation it is when our eyes are opened to see the glory of God everywhere! 

Thought for the Day: What is a dualistic thinker?

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