An Overview of Life (Isaiah 40:25-31)
‘To whom could you liken me and who could be my equal?’ says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look. Who made these stars if not he who drills them like an army, calling each one by name?’
‘Lift your eyes and look!’ In Advent, we can discover how fundamental it is to ‘have a look at God’. When we stand in front of Him, and spend prime time with him, a crucial mental power develops in us. This is the ability to have a grasp over the complexity of our lives. Without God, in our eyes and hearts, the natural destiniy of things is fragmentation, and focusless diversity. Covid-19, or the climate change makes us realise that we have lost control over the complexities of our world. Sin, illness, incurable conflicts with others, or crisis in life also force us to our knees to admit: we are no longer in control. The very fact that we live an information technology ridden life means that we are bombarded with information. News no longer inform us but deconstruc us every day, and instill the message: you are not in control. You are a splinter of your previous self.
That is why our two passages from Isaiah and Matthew’s Gospel bring us the long awaited news. ‘Lift your eyes and look!’ ‘Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’ (Matthew 11:28-30) God’s love makes us whole again. If we recognise the unity which his Presence can create (how we see our life), we can regain our lost confidence. We will feel motivated to face the global and our personal challenges. ‘Lift your eyes and look!’ If only humans could recognise this hidden, game-changer ‘enigma code’, our Coming Saviour.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..