Over the past 3 days, one word has been shining out like a star, tiny, yet as brilliant as a diamond.
On the first day, watching the news on tv, my husband heard it and mentioned it. It lodged in my memory because my husband has a gentle spirit; the spirit of this word has no foothold in him.
The next day, to my amusement, it winked at me from the 1st reading from Isaiah 48:
If you would hearken to My commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea ~ Isaiah 48: 18
Today, on the memorial of St. John of the Cross, I pause to hold close to my heart the saint who saved my life. Perhaps it is a sign of his presence that once more vindication appears, this time in the Responsorial Psalm.
Commit to the LORD your way;
trust in Him, and He will act.
He will make justice dawn for you like the light;
bright as the noonday shall be your vindication. ~ Psalm 37: 5 – 6
This time, it sobered me. It drew me back to the months of this year especially. The year with the almost incessant hits and near misses of every sort. I had often mused that we seemed to be passing through a spiritual asteroid belt, littered with the stones and rocks of numerous challenges and trials.
Vindication is certainly not new to me nor to my heart of hope, but only now, with these 3 chimes, has my spirit hearkened to it. It is not my human hope – of that I am certain. Since I sealed my gaze to the Evening Star, since its peace slipped into my heart, my spirit has found a different meadow, one carpeted by the blooms of skips, mirth and light. And later as I stood beneath her, the final full moon of the year and of the decade on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe gave me a deeper than usual sense of comfort, calm, and strength as I gazed upon her.
Each giving seemed like a benediction.
The uncertainties of coming weeks and months are ever present. But for now, I am strangely untroubled.
It is into this significance that vindication lights its lamp today. As my spirit stills before it, God sends His word through a dear friend who tells me, …there are 6,666 days between SEP/11/2001 and 12/12/2019, the last full moon of the decade.
If I discern this well, he says, we have passed a threshold.