For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Is 2: 3-5)

This is a passage from today’s reading of the Prophet Isaiah, from whose book(s) we read on the weekdays of Byzantine Lent, at the service of the Sixth Hour. How awe-inspiring, to go back and “remember” God preparing us, humanity, for the Light; for His Son, Who was to come and teach us, that we not “learn war anymore.” We thus step into the “shadow” of the Old Testament during Lent, so that we re-discover and revive our yearning for the “Light to the revelation of the Gentiles.” (Lk 2. 32)

Let me have ears to hear and eyes to see the great lessons being taught to me in yet another day of the great tradition of Lent. Let me let God teach me to “beat my swords into plowshares, and my spears into pruning hooks,” as I surrender my usual ways and let in the light of Lent. “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord!

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