Day 4: How Will You Seek Light?
BY YASI MAHALLATY | March 5, 2022
In today’s first reading, Isaiah describes an idyllic future of God’s vision: light rising in the way of darkness, renewed strength, a land of plenty. He asks us to be “repairers of the breach”—sounds simple enough, right?
Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of accompanying underserved students to, through, and beyond college. I felt God’s presence at each of my workplaces, particularly in my relationships with students and their families. Of course, it was easy to get sidetracked by the daily distractions of life and bury myself in the seemingly endless barriers stemming from systematic oppression. In these moments of distraction and despair, I often ask myself—“where is the light?”
Isaiah serves as a model of remaining steadfast. He emphasizes the importance of being in right relationship with others, particularly those on the margins. This type of focus is what can ensure that God’s presence is not missed, but at the center of every interaction.
Jesus and Levi’s relationship similarly displays the importance of remaining devoted and seeking holiness. Levi, a tax collector who benefits from an unjust system, reveals an open heart when Jesus asks for his kinship. Levi, too, seems to be seeking the light.
This Lent, I invite you to join me in searching for God’s light at various points throughout your day, amidst the hustle and bustle and moments of despair. We must remain committed and ensure our place as “repairers of the breach.” How will you seek light?
- How are you being called to be in right relationship with others?
- In what ways can you learn to search for God’s light in all of the messiness of life, so as to keep your heart open and committed to the work of justice?
Yasi Mahallaty (she/her) is a graduate of the University of San Diego, Fordham University, and Georgetown University. She began her career as a full-time volunteer with the wonderful students and staff at Cristo Rey New York High School. Her current work at CareerSpring focuses on empowering first-generation college graduates.
Seeking fellowship with others and sharing in our journeys. Spend time with those that are lonely, suffering and in need of companionship.
As a mom & school teacher it is my privilege and challenge to guide the next generation. It is very easy to get pulled into darkness and depression. I have found that having the support of others who understand helps to keep me in the light. Finding outlets that feed my soul has kept my heart open and ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
How hard it is to see the light when Ukraine is being bombarded in darkness. Yet my hope is still flickering for peace.
As I go about my day today, I will be reminded of those in darkness and offer prayer and fasting that light may be returned to the people of Ukraine.
And I will do the same. ??
When I meet a person during the day that seems to have the weight of the world on their shoulders, I think of a topic that might interest them and then as we finish up, I ask them what their favorite prayer is and if they’d like to say it with me. They always say yes as they place themselves in the presence of God. They suggest the Our Father or the Hail Mary. (Ones I know) If I don’t know what they suggest, I ask them to say it for me and I will be with them in Spirit. This 3-minute connection is very positive for both of us as we continue our day. We receive the light of the Holy Spirit and move forward with Him.
I shared before the my father-in-law is in a dementia care facility. I struggle daily to be in right relationship with those who cannot always understand what is happening around them. And yet God’s light shines in their faces and in the faces of the caregivers and for that I am grateful.
Thanks Yasi for this. ‘In thy light, shall we see light’ – says the Psalmist.