02 Jan Thursday
“See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples,” in the Isaiah prophecy seems apt to describe the world today. A New York Times article today on why we are depressed sets out the scene. Quoting Freud, the Times writes, “anger is depression turned inward.” This is the darkness and thick clouds imagery covering for the political, economical, social, and environmental chaos we are in. Where is the light in the darkness?
The light is the glory of God shining on a people who have repented and turned away from their ways back to the Torah, which describes an entirely different way of life in sharp contrast to the modern world. Because of this light, when fully lived, others will find their way. The wealth of the nations is not of course the material goods, but rather the people, the Human Resources, the dignity of every person. The prophecy images a great ingathering of the peoples, no longer divided by war, inequality, racism, or anything else. Who doesn’t yearn for such a world today, covered as we are by darkness and clouds?