1st Reading – Isaiah 25:6-10a
On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
a feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
the web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from every face;
the reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.
In today’s first reading from Isaiah, the prophet is offering a message of hope to his fellow Israelites. Their nation is being besieged from all sides, and their king, Ahaz, wants to put his trust in a political alliance with the Assyrians rather than in God.
His hopeful vision depicts a scene of permanent victory, abundant feasting, and life without end.