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February 20, 2021

Is 58: 9b-14

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. 

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Hope even in the midst of ruin

Today, Isaiah speaks from a memory of what once was. He looks upon the wreckage of a civilization and describes “ancient ruins,” “foundations from ages past,” and “ruined homesteads” (in the translation we read at Mass). His words betray a deep sense of grief and bewilderment. Many of us may feel those same emotions as we look upon our own civilization’s violence, hunger, neglect, resentment, and rage. We may suspect that, somewhere in a future that may seem uncomfortably close, our own monuments may lie in ruins. But Isaiah also offers words of hope. The way to salvation lays plain before us: feed the hungry, lift up the oppressed, and refrain from all forms of “malicious speech.” This admonition likely involves compassion for those whom we hold responsible for ruining what we hold dear. It also involves recognizing that we ourselves are held responsible, that we ourselves are the accused to whom Jesus says, “Follow me.”  

—Paul Lynch teaches rhetoric at Saint Louis University, where he also directs the Prison Education Program.

 

Prayer

Lord, lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Let peace fill our hearts, our world and our universe. Let us dream together, pray together and work together, to build one world of peace and justice for all. Amen. —Anonymous
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February 20, 2021

Is 58: 9b-14

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. 

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Hope even in the midst of ruin

Today, Isaiah speaks from a memory of what once was. He looks upon the wreckage of a civilization and describes “ancient ruins,” “foundations from ages past,” and “ruined homesteads” (in the translation we read at Mass). His words betray a deep sense of grief and bewilderment. Many of us may feel those same emotions as we look upon our own civilization’s violence, hunger, neglect, resentment, and rage. We may suspect that, somewhere in a future that may seem uncomfortably close, our own monuments may lie in ruins. But Isaiah also offers words of hope. The way to salvation lays plain before us: feed the hungry, lift up the oppressed, and refrain from all forms of “malicious speech.” This admonition likely involves compassion for those whom we hold responsible for ruining what we hold dear. It also involves recognizing that we ourselves are held responsible, that we ourselves are the accused to whom Jesus says, “Follow me.”  

—Paul Lynch teaches rhetoric at Saint Louis University, where he also directs the Prison Education Program.

 

Prayer

Lord, lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Let peace fill our hearts, our world and our universe. Let us dream together, pray together and work together, to build one world of peace and justice for all. Amen. —Anonymous
Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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