About Zion I will not be silent, about Jerusalem I will not grow weary, until her integrity shines out like the dawn and her salvation flames like a torch.
The nations then will see your integrity, all the kings your glory, and you will be called by a new name, one which the mouth of the Lord will confer. You are to be a crown of splendour in the hand of the Lord, a princely diadem in the hand of your God; no longer are you to be named ‘Forsaken’, nor your land ‘Abandoned’, but you shall be called ‘My Delight’ and your land ‘The Wedded’; for the Lord takes delight in you and your land will have its wedding.
Like a young man marrying a virgin, so will the one who built you wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.
First Reading for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Last Sunday in the Gospel we heard a voice from heaven describe Jesus as God’s beloved, in whom he is well pleased.
This Sunday the prophet speaks to Zion and Jerusalem, and now also to people of the new covenant: all peoples and all lands are beloved of God. In each one and in all, the Lord rejoices.
- How does this good news impact on you?
- With whom can you share it?