The response after the reading from the Letter to the Hebrews and before today’s gospel selection is from the call to Isaiah the Prophet found in the sixth chapter of The Book of the Prophet Isaiah. It is a rich passage that includes the “Holy, Holy, Holy” so familiar to us from the Eucharistic Prayer near the center of mass. Isaiah is led to recognize that he is called by God and he responds with vigor: “Here am I, Lord; send me (into your service)”.
These words have always struck me as the kind of attitude needed
by anyone who would freely respond to God’s call in one’s
lives whenever and wherever God calls. I read in Isaiah’s
words great willingness and desire. And for Isaiah it comes at a
time when he was clearly conscious of his unworthiness to be of
service – “I am a man of unclean lips living among a
people of unclean lips.” (Isaiah 6:5) And so he seems to be
throwing himself into the Hands of God and trusting that God would
be his guide as he exercises his being a “prophet” (literally
“one who speaks for God”).
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