Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:
O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,
no more will you weep;
He will be gracious to you when you cry out,
as soon as he hears he will answer you.
The Lord will give you the bread you need
and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
“This is the way; walk in it,”
when you would turn to the right or to the left.
He will give rain for the seed
that you sow in the ground,
And the wheat that the soil produces
will be rich and abundant.
On that day your flock will be given pasture
and the lamb will graze in spacious meadows;
The oxen and the asses that till the ground
will eat silage tossed to them
with shovel and pitchfork.
Upon every high mountain and lofty hill
there will be streams of running water.
On the day of the great slaughter,
when the towers fall,
The light of the moon will be like that of the sun
and the light of the sun will be seven times greater
like the light of seven days.
On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.
Reflection: What an inspirational reading during the Season of Advent! Isaiah paints a portrait of the kindness of God toward his people. It is a god who wipes the tears away from those who weep and bestows blessings on the hungry and thirsty. He heals our wounds and provides for our needs. We are invited and challenged by this reading, whatever state of life we are in, to reflect on how God has blessed our lives. One way is with a pen and paper writing down the many ways your life has been sanctified by God. After doing that, sit in quiet prayer pondering the blessings God has given you in your life. The ultimate blessing is the gift of Jesus Christ, our redeemer who is the way, the truth and the light.