By Mary Bright
To Whom Do We Belong?
All of us seek “to belong” as part of our identities. We are part of a family, live in a particular community, practice a certain profession, join a certain social group or political party, are a fan of a particular team. We surround ourselves with “belongings” selected to project our identity to others. In that belonging and those belongings, we walk a particular path, act in a particular way to show the world who we are. But this reading from Isaiah invites us to reflect on the first and most unshakable belonging; our identity as someone created, called and loved by God:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”
Lord, let us take comfort in the fact that we belong– first and foremost– to You. Help us always to walk the path and take the actions that show this most important identity to the world.