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And You Will Hear A Voice

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  • Reading I: Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 147:1-2,5-6
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

Today’s reading from Isaiah continues the one from yesterday, about a future intervention of God in the life of His people on the condition that they repent.  The foreseen event is the fall of Sennacherib and the Assyrian Empire.  “The day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall” is a reference to that fall.  On that day, the God of Israel will be vindicating his people and will usher for them a new day.  God’s intervention will be such that even Judah will experience a new abundance of life and knowledge of God’s will.  In Isaiah 29:24, one of the effects of God’s action will be that erring spirits will receive instruction:

Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding,
and those who find fault shall receive instruction.

In Isaiah 30:20-22, Israel’s “Teacher” will no longer hide himself, but will direct them himself:

No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
“This is the way; walk in it,”
when you would turn to the right or to the left.

This mention of the Teacher giving Judah instructions for life is found sandwiched between verses that mention how God will pour blessings of food and water for HIs people.  Even work animals will benefit from this.  There will be so much abundance that beasts of burden will be fed shovel-fulls of special food.  The responsorial psalm – taken from Psalm 147 – echoes the good news from Isaiah.  The response “Blessed are all who wait for the Lord” underline the theme of Advent.

Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26
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19For the people of Sion shall dwell in Jerusalem: weeping thou shalt not weep, he will surely have pity on thee: at the voice of thy cry, as soon as he shell hear, he will answer thee.
20And the Lord will give you spare bread, and short water: and will not cause thy teacher to flee away from thee any more, and thy eyes shall see thy teacher.
21And thy ears shall hear the word of one admonishing thee behind thy back: This is the way, walk ye in it: and go not aside neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
23And rain shall be given to thy seed, wheresoever thou shalt sow in the land: and the bread of the corn of the land shall be most plentiful, and fat. The lamb in that day shall feed at large in thy possession:
24And thy oxen, and the ass colts that till the ground, shall eat mingled provender as it was winnowed in the floor.
25And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every elevated hill rivers of running waters in the day of the slaughter of many, when the tower shall fall.
26And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days: in the day when the Lord shall bind up the wound of his people, and shall heal the stroke of their wound.
Psalm 147:1-2,5-6
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1Praise ye the Lord, because psalm is good: to our God be joyful and comely praise.
2The Lord buildeth up Jerusalem: he will gather together the dispersed of Israel.
5Great is our Lord, and great is his power: and of his wisdom there is no number.
6The Lord lifteth up the meek, and bringeth the wicked down even to the ground.
Isaiah 29:24
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24And they that erred in spirit, shall know understanding, and they that murmured, shall learn the law.
Isaiah 30:20-22
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20And the Lord will give you spare bread, and short water: and will not cause thy teacher to flee away from thee any more, and thy eyes shall see thy teacher.
21And thy ears shall hear the word of one admonishing thee behind thy back: This is the way, walk ye in it: and go not aside neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
22And thou shalt defile the plates of thy graven things of silver, and the garment of thy molten things of gold, and shalt cast them away as the uncleanness of a menstruous woman. Thou shalt say to it: Get thee hence.

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