Aug 2, 2020: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

1st Reading – Isaiah 55:1-3

Thus says the LORD:
All you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
You who have no money,
come, receive grain and eat;
Come, without paying and without cost,
drink wine and milk!
Why spend your money for what is not bread;
your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you shall eat well,
you shall delight in rich fare.
Come to me heedfully,
listen, that you may have life.
I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,
the benefits assured to David.

This week’s reading comes from the section of Isaiah known as Second Isaiah (Chapters 40-55), which has been called the Book of Consolation. Accordingly, our passage for today contains some of the most moving sentiments placed in the mouth of God.

The prophet is addressing the exiles in Babylon. Because their king, kingdom, and temple have all been destroyed they are wondering whether covenant love has also been destroyed. Are they still God’s people? Is God still their God? Are the promises that God made to their ancestors, to King David, still in effect?

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