Disobedience and betrayal of God’s people, just as the betrayal of Joseph’s brother in Genesis, result in stark emptiness and life weakened by evil. God’s people ignore those powerless in their world⎯women and children.
How similar is the worldly noise these weeks before Christmas! So many merchants and enterprises not interested in the coming of Jesus to the poor, only want great riches to be accounted when this season of buying and selling is over.
Isaiah’s prediction of the loss of finery is as a great blackout that reduces the colorful, flickering lights of stores and houses to an awesome darkness. It is from the darkness and emptiness of all distraction that the soul cries out more clearly to the Lord in the winter night.
The glory of Your presence. v. 8
Lord have mercy upon us.
Give me compassion for the poor. v. 5
Sharing the fruit of my works. v. 10
This is the third of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the prophet Isaiah.
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