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Draw From The Waters of Salvation

Submitted by on Wednesday, 22 October 2008No Comment
  • Reading I: Ephesians 3:2-12
  • Resp. Psalm:  Isaiah 12:2-3,4.5-6
  • Gospel Reading:  Luke 12:39-48

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Isaiah 12 is the cry of thanksgiving for the day of the Messiah prophesied in Isaiah 11.  The root of Jesse whose growth will usher in a time of peace in Israel will also bring into prominence Zion, the dwelling place of Israel’s Holy One.

From a Christian viewpoint, this time of peace has been inaugurated by Jesus, "Our Peace" (Ephesians 2:14).  It is through Him whose gospel Paul was chosen to proclaim, that the proclamation of the prophets have been brought to fulfillment.  The "fountain of salvation" has been interptreted in the liturgy of the Church as the waters of baptism (Isaiah 12:3, see also Psalm 87:1-7 with Zion as the mother of all nations). 

Read an explanation of the Gospel reading here:  Servants Who Obey and Await Their Lord
Ephesians 3:2-12
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2If yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you:
3How that, according to revelation, the mystery has been made known to me, as I have written above in a few words;
4As you reading, may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ,
5Which in other generations was not known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit:
6That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and co-partners of his promise in Christ Jesus, by the gospel:
7Of which I am made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is given to me according to the operation of his power:
8To me, the least of all the saints, is given this grace, to preach among the Gentiles, the unsearchable riches of Christ,
9And to enlighten all men, that they may see what is the dispensation of the mystery which hath been hidden from eternity in God, who created all things:
10That the manifold wisdom of God may be made known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places through the church,
11According to the eternal purpose, which he made, in Christ Jesus our Lord:
12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Isaiah 12:2-3,4
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2Behold, God is my saviour, I will deal confidently, and will not fear: O because the Lord is my strength, and my praise, and he is become my salvation.
3You shall draw waters with joy out of the saviour's fountains:
4And you shall say in that day: Praise ye the Lord, and call upon his name: make his works known among the people: remember that his name is high.
Luke 12:39-48
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39But this know ye, that if the householder did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open.
40Be you then also ready: for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.
41And Peter said to him: Lord, dost thou speak this parable to us, or likewise to all?
42And the Lord said: Who (thinkest thou) is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord setteth over his family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season?
43Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come, he shall find so doing.
44Verily I say to you, he will set him over all that he possesseth.
45But if that servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming; and shall begin to strike the menservants and maidservants, and to eat and to drink and be drunk:
46The lord of that servant will come in the day that he hopeth not, and at the hour that he knoweth not, and shall separate him, and shall appoint him his portion with unbelievers.
47And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more.
Ephesians 2:14
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14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:
Isaiah 12:3
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3You shall draw waters with joy out of the saviour's fountains:
Psalm 87:1-7
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1For the sons of Core, a psalm of a canticle. The foundations thereof are in the holy mountains:
2The Lord loveth the gates of Sion above all the tabernacles of Jacob.
3Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God.
4I will be mindful of Rahab and of Babylon knowing me. Behold the foreigners, and Tyre, and the people of the Ethiopians, these were there.
5Shall not Sion say: This man and that man is born in her? and the Highest himself hath founded her.
6The Lord shall tell in his writings of peoples and of princes, of them that have been in her.
7The dwelling in thee is as it were of all rejoicing.

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