The Call of the Prophet Isaiah

From the age of three, the children in the Atrium have been pondering messages of the prophets. A prophet has been defined for them as one who listens deeply to God and speaks His message to the people. The children have fallen in love with Isaiah’s Prophecy of the Light: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light!” They have enjoyed repeating, singing, and even writing these beautiful words. As they enter the Level II (E1) Atrium there are new prophecies to examine which speak not only of Jesus’ birth as a tiny baby in Bethlehem, but also of His Second Coming which will bring about the moment we are waiting and longing for, Parousia. Moving into the Level III (E2) Atrium, the children begin to ponder when these prophets lived in order to better understand the context of God’s Word to them and to us. The moment in which God invited the prophets to be His mouthpiece to the people is significant, and Scripture portrays these moments as accompanied by visions, signs, and miraculous events. What a beautiful opportunity to ponder how God calls us, as well! The following contains excerpts from a group of three 3rd graders reflecting on The Call of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-8).

Highlights from Isaiah 6:1-8
6:1 – “I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple.”
      – “The longer it is, the greater the king is, so the train must be like a mile long for God!”

6:2 – “Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they hovered.”
      – “The seraphim are covering their eyes like people do at Mass, when they are going to their ‘inner room.'” (This is a reference to a Maxim of Jesus from Matthew 6:6.)

6:5 – “Then I said, ‘Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips.”
      – “That’s like when we say, ‘I am not worthy’ at Mass.”

6:6-7 – “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it. ‘See,’ he said, ‘now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.'”
      – “Touching his lips was like his first Confession.”

6:8 – “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ ‘Here I am,’ I said; ‘send me!'”
      – “Then he says, ‘I’ll do whatever you want’ because he doesn’t have sin anymore so now he can’t ever really die.”

Catechist – “This is how God called Isaiah. How has God called you? Like this? With a great vision?”
      – “No! He speaks to us in prayer.”
      – “He tells me to love my mom and my dad, and my sister.”
      – “He just calls you in your soul.”
      – “He calls you by name.”
      – “He calls you in the Sacraments.

Catechist – “When? Where?”
      – “At church.”
      – “Every second.”
      – “Every moment.”

After pondering The Call of Isaiah, all three children decided to write and illustrate one of the verses of the Scripture…

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