Isaiah as a Social Prophet
In chapter 6 of Isaiah, Isaiah himself receives a vision of God in the Temple, and His image was glorious to behold (Isaiah 6:1-4). In response to the vision, Isaiah cries out, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” After this response, a seraph brings a burning hot coal from the altar and presses it against Isaiah’s lips. God explains the reason for this action, saying, “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out” (v.7). Later on, Isaiah “heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And [Isaiah] said, ‘Here I am; send me!’” (v.8).
Just like Isaiah, who desired to evangelize, we are also called to offer ourselves before God in this same manner. When God asks, in the church or in our hearts, “Whom shall I send?”, it is our right and lawful duty as his devout followers to reply resoundingly, “Here I am; send me!” Indeed, every Christian is called to be an evangelist.
God’s words spoken in the narrative, “Whom shall I send?” must have been rhetorical in nature. It implies that Isaiah was the one whom God should send since his lips were purified with fire. Interestingly, despite the seraphim in the temple with God and Isaiah, no angel stepped up to the plate, no angel offers to be sent. Why is that so? That is because we, as men and women of the earth, are called to love our neighbors. The angels are not commanded to care for the poor; we are. The Christian Church possesses a unique responsibility in the cosmos, since the Christian faithful has the joyful obligation to seek the well-being of others and to alleviate the suffering of the poor and needy.
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When have you ever said, “Here I am, Lord, send me?”
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