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Walk in the Light

Submitted by on Monday, 1 December 2008No Comment
  • Reading I: Isaiah 2:1-5
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 122:1-9
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:5-11

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Isaiah’s vision of Yahweh’s mountain becoming the center of the world was probably triggered by a natural scene like the one above:  the sunrise hitting the top of a mountain.  The dawn of  a new day becomes the vision of a new time for the people of Israel, a time when the Torah becomes the norm for all peoples and God acts as the Supreme Judge of all.  The vision is Messianic:  it is tied up with Zion, and therefore with David.  Isaiah sees the Davidic empire as a vast kingdom where the oracle of the nations is found where God has his dwelling.  And since there will be but one Empire based on righteousness and has Israel’s God as the unifying center, there will be no more wars.

The vision of Isaiah is also about the peace that only the king according to Yahweh’s heart can give.

"Come, Israel, let us walk in the light of the Lord"

The invitation is expressed in liturgical language.  Its purpose however is to make the vision of Yahweh’s messiah become a present reality.  Historical time is not circular in the prophet’s mind — it is a straight line that comes from the future to the present.  It is God’s future that becomes present and it is the actions of men that hasten its arrival.

 

To walk in the light of the Lord is to walk in the new morning of His Time.

Isaiah 2:1-5
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1The word that Isaias the son of Amos saw, concerning Juda and Jerusalem.
2And in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.
3And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4And he shall judge the Gentiles, and rebuke many people: and they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they be exercised any more to war.
5O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Psalm 122:1-9
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1I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord.
2Our feet were standing in thy courts, O Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together.
4For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.
5Because their seats have sat in judgment, seats upon the house of David.
6Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and abundance for them that love thee.
7Let peace be in thy strength: and abundance in thy towers.
8For the sake of my brethren, and of my neighbours, I spoke peace of thee.
9Because of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good things for thee.
Matthew 8:5-11
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5And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him,
6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented.
7And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him.
8And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.
9For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel.
11And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven:

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