Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, was once asked how long it would take him to recover if the Pope were to suddenly dissolve the new religious order Ignatius had founded. His answer: “About fifteen minutes.” He was speaking from experience. He had heard one time that a cardinal, who had opposed the Jesuits, had himself become Pope. Ignatius said that his knees shook. He went into the chapel to pray. Fifteen minutes later he emerged—his face radiant.
Hezekiah’s hands must have shaken when he read the threatening letter of King Sennacherib. Then he placed this letter before the Lord in the Temple. The small piece of material which contained all those threats must have seen small in comparison to
the vastness of the Temple and of God who was especially present there; Hezekiah must have felt peace.
We do not know how long it took Hezekiah to recover, but I like the fifteen minutes it took Ignatius. Today’s verse will help you rebound from your fears.
What are these?
You, Lord God, my protector v. 7
Laying my fears before You v. 14
You alone, O God, are king. v. 16
Lord, my God, incline Your ear. v. 17
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season, we continue reading Isaiah.
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