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The New Exodus

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  • Reading I: Isaiah 35:1-10
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 85:9-10.11-12.13-14
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26

 

Isaiah 35:1-10 is an oracle about the New Exodus.  First the desert in jubilation is presented bedecked with trees and flowers. The amazing sight however still promises something greater — the glory of God Himself will appear in it.  A desert in full bloom resplendent under the light of God’s glory is something that awe inspiring and invites confidence in the One who can make it happen (3-4).  The desert is not a place where one holds a party, nor a place where the incapacitated are brought.  And yet on the day the Lord saves his people, the incapacitated shall be made whole.  The blind, the deaf, the lame and the mute who are considered among those who are not fitted for a glorious Israel will find themselves a part of it in a desert that has been transformed into Eden (6b-7).

In the midst of all this, there will be a highway, "the Way of Holiness"  meant for those who are holy, those who will be walking on the way of the Lord.  Nothing that threatens life will be there; it will be the place where the redeemed will make their way back to Zion.

This prophetic image of the New Exodus is transformed into an image of the journey that the Pilgrim People of God makes as it continues towards the object of its pilgrimage:  the New Jerusalem.  The return of exiles to their true homeland is itself a gift of God, a work of His mercy.  It is thematically linked to the miracle of water that gives life and "the Way" which the evangelist Luke will refer to when speaking of the life-style of the believer.  Augustine, writing about the Christian life as a journey says "we walk not by feet but by our affections."  For indeed, it is through love that the pilgrim Church finds its way to its homeland.

Isaiah 35:1-10
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1The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness shall rejoice, and shall flourish like the lily.
2It shall bud forth and blossom, and shall rejoice with joy and praise: the glory of Libanus is given to it: the beauty of Carmel, and Saron, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the beauty of our God.
3Strengthen ye the feeble hands, and confirm the weak knees.
4Say to the fainthearted: Take courage, and fear not: behold your God will bring the revenge of recompense: God himself will come and will save you.
5Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free: for waters are broken out in the desert, and streams in the wilderness.
7And that which was dry land, shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water. In the dens where dragons dwell before, shall rise up the verdure of the reed and the bulrush.
8And a path and a way shall be there, and it shall be called the holy way: the unclean shall not pass over it, and this shall be unto you a straight way, so that fools shall not err therein.
9No lion shall be there, nor shall any mischievous beast go up by it, nor be found there: but they shall walk there that shall be delivered.
10And the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and shall come into Sion with praise, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Psalm 85:9-10
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9I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me: for he will speak peace unto his people: And unto his saints: and unto them that are converted to the heart.
10Surely his salvation is near to them that fear him: that glory may dwell in our land.
Luke 5:17-26
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17And it came to pass on a certain day, as he sat teaching, that there were also Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them.
18And behold, men brought in a bed a man, who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.
19And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof, and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus.
20Whose faith when he saw, he said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
21And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
22And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering, he said to them: What is it you think in your hearts?
23Which is easier to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?
24But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say to thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house.
25And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay; and he went away to his own house, glorifying God.
26And all were astonished; and they glorified God. And they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things today.
Isaiah 35:1-10
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg LXX Hebrew
1The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness shall rejoice, and shall flourish like the lily.
2It shall bud forth and blossom, and shall rejoice with joy and praise: the glory of Libanus is given to it: the beauty of Carmel, and Saron, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the beauty of our God.
3Strengthen ye the feeble hands, and confirm the weak knees.
4Say to the fainthearted: Take courage, and fear not: behold your God will bring the revenge of recompense: God himself will come and will save you.
5Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free: for waters are broken out in the desert, and streams in the wilderness.
7And that which was dry land, shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water. In the dens where dragons dwell before, shall rise up the verdure of the reed and the bulrush.
8And a path and a way shall be there, and it shall be called the holy way: the unclean shall not pass over it, and this shall be unto you a straight way, so that fools shall not err therein.
9No lion shall be there, nor shall any mischievous beast go up by it, nor be found there: but they shall walk there that shall be delivered.
10And the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and shall come into Sion with praise, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

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