“I will make you the light of the nations, so that my salvation will reach the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 138(139):1-3,13-15, Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66,80

Today, as the church celebrates the birth of John the Baptist, we are experiencing hard times. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the world. The evils of racism and gender-based violence still infect our country. It is a time where despair is real and fear rises as the country slowly eases lockdown restrictions. Our women and children are raped and murdered almost every day. We ask God, “What has gone wrong with the world? Why have we lost our humanity?” 

These are indeed stressful times. Economic activity, crucial to us all, is slowly resuming, but the fear that we might contract the virus has risen exponentially. Why is there so much uncertainty and hate in the world?

In all these struggles, there is a ray of hope. Today’s readings remind us that the Son of Man came to be the light of the world. What does this mean to me? The Sunday school song “This little light of mine” comes to mind. It encourages me to shine even in a thorny bush or in stormy weather. I should always strive to shine despite the obstacles.

As we all take part in rebuilding our broken society, raising our voices against gender-based violence and racism, may we all allow the flames of justice burn within us and to speak for those silent voices. This is the time to stand up for our beliefs and for what is right.


I pray today that I may learn to be just to others; that I may learn to love and image you in them. Grant me the courage to speak up for those whose voices have been taken away from them.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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