On this mountain,
the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples
a banquet of rich food.
On this mountain he will remove
the mourning veil covering all peoples,
and the shroud enwrapping all nations,
he will destroy Death for ever.
The Lord will wipe away
the tears from every cheek;
he will take away his people’s shame
everywhere on earth,
for the Lord has said so.
That day, it will be said: See, this is our God
in whom we hoped for salvation;
the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.
We exult and we rejoice
that he has saved us.
First reading for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Those who like a good meal will find hope and encouragement in this prophesy!
But let us note that this is not just a meal for you or me and ours – but for us, for all: all peoples, all nations, every person. Our friends, our enemies too, please God.
The Lord’s love has no limits such as ours might.But it seeks to win for itself everyone, everywhere, however unlikely that might seem on the track record to date of we ourselves and our enemies.
Whoever and however we are, the prophesy of Isaiah, and the Gospel of today, suggests that we will find ourselves invited to this feast on God’s holy mountain. But unless we are tuned into and ready to be responsive to the graciousness of God we might not find ourselves there for very long!
Direction sign. Cinematheque, Paris. (c) 2006, Allen Morris.