Say to all faint hearts,
‘Courage! Do not be afraid.
Look, your God is coming,
vengeance is coming,
the retribution of God;
he is coming to save you.’
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
the ears of the deaf unsealed,
then the lame shall leap like a deer
and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy;
for water gushes in the desert,
streams in the wasteland,
the scorched earth becomes a lake,
the parched land springs of water.
First reading for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Imagine being the one missioned to share the message of Isaiah. Imagine being the one charged with sharing such hope and joy with the world.
Now remember that you are indeed missioned, and missioned to just such a work, as a member of the Church, as a missionary disciple. The Lord is our hope and our joy, and ours is the privilege of bringing that goodness and love to others.
Mosaic, Westminster Cathedral. (c) 2018, Allen Morris