Day 207: The Lord Will Come

Isaiah 34:1-17 The Edomites, descendants of Esau, whom Jacob (Israel) cheated out of his birthright, would incur divine retribution for taking land belonging to the people of Israel after the mass deportation to Babylon. The animosity between the twin brothers (although they reconciled later in life) continued for many generations and still rose up at this time in history. 

Ch 34:4 All the host...the fig tree: St. Cyril of Jerusalem and other early Church Fathers saw this verse as a revelation of a new world replacing the old one riddled by sin and corruption (Catecheses ad Illuminandos, 15, 3).

Ch 35:1-10 In a hymn that celebrates the restored Jerusalem, the return of the exiles is compared to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land. Physical healings and prosperity will mark the renewal of the land of the Chosen People. This restoration of Jerusalem and its environs is a type of the Church founded by Christ (TYPOLOGY!!).

Ch 36:1-22 At the time of the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem, Hezekiah’s delegation refused Sennacherib’s sarcastic demand for surrender, trusting in the Lord and the Lord alone. Hezekiah’s father Ahaz had established pagan “high places” for idols and even had an idol installed inside the Temple in order to win favor with the Assyrians, but Hezekiah would have none of that.

Baruch 3:1-8 The exiles became aware of their extreme and utter dependence on God and insignificance in relation to him as they begged for mercy and compassion. 

Fear of three in our hearts: Since God’s moral law is written on the human heart, everyone’s conscience is capable of knowing right from wrong. (CCC 1955)

Ch 3:9-14 This new section of Baruch resembles the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. Israel was blessed with perfect wisdom given to them by God himself; nevertheless, the Chosen People violated the covenant of the Mosaic Law and incurred upon themselves a painful punishment. 

Ch 3:15-28 Some of the neighboring people surrounding Israel had reputations for great wisdom. This wisdom was of natural origin and related to creation. Although it represented God’s wisdom, it was not equivalent to Divine or supernatural Revelation. (CCC 1954, 1978)

Ch 3:29-37 Human wisdom is a share in the eternal wisdom of God, which can be enhanced by the grace of the Holy Spirit and good will. The Chosen People, in addition to the wisdom of God reflected in creation, received directly from God the contents of the Mosaic Law. (CCC 299, 2500)

Ch 3:37 [3:38 Vulgate] Wisdom, expressed in personified terms here, engages the conscience and serves as a means of personal perfection and fulfillment when it is fully accepted. (CCC 142)

Ch 4:1-4 Wisdom is found in the Law and the Commandments of God given explicitly to Moses. The wise person knows the Commandments are the only path to true happiness.

Happy are we: The desire for happiness is intrinsic to the heart of every individual. The desire can never be satisfied by partial goods but only by the universal good, which is God himself. (CCC 1718)

Ch 4:5-8 The chastisement for infidelity did not result in complete annihilation of the land of Judah since a remnant of faithful Jews would return from their exile. (CCC 710-711, 1081)

Ch 4:9-29 As in the Book of Lamentations, Jerusalem was now personified as a grieving widow who had lost everything, including her exiled children. Her own lamentation reflected the hope and confidence that, in the wake of God’s punishment, God’s faithful remnant would return to their homeland. (CCC 2613)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise and glory. Lord, we love you today and everyday. But gosh, God, thank you so much for your Word. Thank you for your encouragement that you give to us from Baruch. Thank you even for the connections, I think, Lord God, that we get to make today in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. And thank you for your willingness for continuing to speak to us every single day. Even days when we miss days and when we have to pick it back up. Thank you for your faithfulness, because even on days when we don’t listen, even on days when we choose to ignore your voice, you continue to speak and you continue to bring us back to you. Lord God, help us on our worst day right now, O God, we pray for the worst day of our life that even on that day, we can hear your voice and on that day we can be faithful to your completely unstoppable and faithful love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”