Happy New Year!

By , November 30, 2013 4:11 am


I know that that sounds silly but I say it every year on this particular Sunday. It is accurate because we ARE starting a new year. Not a year marked by months with the names of Roman emperors, but a year that marks and memorializes all the events relating to Jesus of Nazareth and therefore relating in an awesomely important way to each and every one of us.
The first reading from Isaiah seems to me to really jump off the page. It is early in this important book of the Old Testament and the message is wonderfully hopeful and optimistic. Isaiah is writing from about the 6th century before Jesus. Everything has gone wrong. God’s people have been terribly oppressed. There have been many destructive wars but Isaiah looks into the future with confidence.
His words, which were written more than 2,500 years ago, have very helpful meaning for the Year of Our Lord 2013
Listen to Isaiah. He reminds us that we have instructions from God himself in the Sacred Scriptures. He urges us to listen as Yahweh….
“Instruct us in His ways that we may walk in His path.”
“For from Zion shall go forth instruction and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between nations and impose terms on many peoples. “
Regretfully, while that has already happened, the desired results are not yet at hand. Isaiah hopes and prays that,
“They shall beat their swords into plowshare and their spears into pruning hooks. One nation shall not raise the sword against the other nor shall they train for war again.”

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