Isaiah 29:17-24, December 3, 2021


Thus says the Lord GOD:
But a very little while,
and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,
and the orchard be regarded as a forest!
On that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book;
And out of gloom and darkness,
the eyes of the blind shall see.
The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,
and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant will be no more
and the arrogant will have gone;
All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,
those whose mere word condemns a man,
Who ensnare his defender at the gate,
and leave the just man with an empty claim.
Therefore thus says the LORD,
the God of the house of Jacob,
who redeemed Abraham:
Now Jacob shall have nothing to be ashamed of,
nor shall his face grow pale.
When his children see
the work of my hands in his midst,
They shall keep my name holy;
they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob,
and be in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding,
and those who find fault shall receive instruction.

Reflection:  Of the five senses; sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste; probably the one we would be least willing to part with would be the gift of sight.  Seeing gives us the opportunity to experience the world by experiencing the gaze of a loved one, the smile of a child, or beauty of nature to name a few.   In many instances, the Bible portrays sinfulness in terms of blindness and salvation in terms of the ability to see.   Isaiah notes:  Out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see.  The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,   and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.   During the Season of Advent we are preparing ourselves for the Second Coming of Jesus and because of this we live in an age of redemption.  As we prepare for Christ’s Second Coming we are invited to see God in all aspects of our lives.  Where there is unconditional love, true affection, a deep sense of justice and peace; there is God.  Where there is the suffering, the handicapped, the unborn, or the elderly; there is God.  We are invited to put on the eyes of Jesus and see our world in the same way God would see it.