1st Reading – Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3
First the Lord degraded the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali;
but in the end he has glorified the seaward road,
the land west of the Jordan, the District of the Gentiles.
Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness:
for there is no gloom where but now there was distress.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing,
as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
as people make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder,
and the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
Once again our first reading is from Isaiah, the 8th century BC prophet who tried to persuade King Ahaz to trust in God’s covenant promises. It describes the reversal of fortune for Israel: a new era of liberty and joy which will be ushered in by the future Messiah. Continue reading “Jan 22, 2023: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)”