Monday of Epiphany Week
It is Epiphany, time of God’s manifestation—the meaning of the word. Today we read about God revealing himself to a pagan King, Cyrus, who would allow Israel to go back to their homeland from Exile in 538 BCE. The ancient historian Josephus relates that King Cyrus decided to let Israel go when he read this passage about himself.
Verse 8 deserves a special focus: “Rain down, you heavens, from above…” It has happened. The Lord has come down. He desires to enter your soul as the sweetest of rains that soak the earth.
Isaiah is a poet whose images will carry your prayer along. He unfolds God as a powerful, all-encompassing presence in every aspect of creation. Exult in the Lord, as you by faith, experience God’s power and presence in the world.