The Promise of God in Isaiah

I’ve said already how much I love hearing the Book of Isaiah proclaimed at Mass during Advent. In the midst of the cold of winter (and, believe me, it is already plenty cold here in Minneapolis)…in the midst of the continuing economic problems facing the United States…in the midst of seemingly daily news reports of one scandal or another…in the midst of personal grief over the loss of loved ones…in the midst of all of our ordinary daily woes, is the promise of God. In today’s first Mass reading, we hear:

Fear not, I will help you…

You shall rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the Holy One of Israel…

I, the Lord will answer [the afflicted and the needy]; I, the God of Israel will not forsake them…

I wll turn the desert into a marshland, and the dry ground into springs of water.

Don’t just read the words. Close your eyes and hear God speak them. Hear God speak them to you. Hear God’s promise and feel God’s love.