- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 58
Prophet Isaiah answers these questions: How can we seek God daily? How can we know the way of God? How can we be acceptable to God? How can we see the light of God?
The first answer is to do justice and generosity (1- 12). Post- exilic Israelite practiced ritual act, fasting. The trumpet was used to announce a fast day wearing sackcloth sitting on ash. They regarded it as righteous act before God, while they were acting unrighteous thing among themselves.
Prophet Isaiah urged that without justice and righteousness, outward observances are not acceptable to God. Without generous spirit, releasing the oppressed and feeding the hungry, providing shelter the wanderers, clothing the naked, fasting can easily lead to selfishness.
The second answer is to observe the Sabbath. (13-14). Strict observance of the Sabbath was emphasized in post exilic Israel. Proper Sabbath observance requires compassion for others, without which it pursuing of one’s own self-interests. Prophet Amos criticized post exilic Israel for not doing it. (Amos 8), and prophet Micah asked them, “ what does the Lord require of you? To act justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8).
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?