For I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. From them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Put, and Lud—which draw the bow—to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations.
They shall bring all your kindred from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring a grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. And I will also take some of them as priests and as Levites, says the Lord.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
When Isaiah speaks of those sent to distant coastlands for God’s glory, and Luke speaks of those from east, west, north and south who will “recline at table in the kingdom of God,” I am awestruck by what the love of God can inspire us to do. Richie Fernando, a Jesuit scholastic from the Philippines, was inspired and sent to Cambodia in 1996. He was working at a vocational school for landmine survivors when a disgruntled student brought a grenade to school in anger. Richie fell upon the grenade so that it would not hurt others, and died in the explosion. The young man had not intended to hurt Richie, and later said, with great remorse, “Richie was my friend. He ate rice with us.”
What is the uncertainty, the frontier, and the unknown that you face willingly because of your love of God?
—Fr. Chris Manahan, S.J. serves as Director of Jesuit Retreat House, Oshkosh, WI.
I wish, when I die, people remember not how great, powerful, or talented I was, but that I served and spoke for the truth, I gave witness to what is right, I was sincere in all my works and actions, in other words, I loved and followed Christ.