In days past the Lord humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in days to come he will confer glory on the Way of the Sea on the far side of Jordan, province of the nations.
The people that walked in darkness
has seen a great light;
on those who live in a land of deep shadow
a light has shone.
You have made their gladness greater,
you have made their joy increase;
they rejoice in your presence
as men rejoice at harvest time,
as men are happy when they are dividing the spoils.
For the yoke that was weighing on him,
the bar across his shoulders,
the rod of his oppressor –
these you break as on the day of Midian.
As we listen to the first reading at Mass today, we look back to before the birth of Jesus to recall Israel’s anticipation of the fulfilment of God’s promise to them.
We do it because, despite the Incarnation and the new life in Grace it enables, we still await our full cooperation with God’s grace.
We have seen the dawn, indeed more than the dawn.And in that we find inspiration and encouragement for all that – still – lies ahead.
- What is shadow and darkness in your life?
- How does Jesus point a way forward for you?
Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee. (c) 2013, Allen Morris