Day 220: Prophecy Fulfilled

Isaiah 61:1-11 The identity of the messenger in Chapter 52 is made more clear. He would bring good news to those who are suffering, and he would free and cure them of their infirmities. He would bring about a spiritual renewal that accompanied great joy and would fulfill all the promises made to the patriarchs. This harbinger of so much good is the truly anointed one, the Christ, who brings salvation to the world and comfort to the poor and afflicted. (CCC 716)

Ch 61:1-2 These verses were read by Christ in the Temple as he began his public ministry, whereupon he stated, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing,” indicating that he is the promised Messiah (cf. Lk 4:18-21). His title, “Christ,” means “anointed one,” which indicates the fullness of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (CCC 436, 695, 714, 1286)

Ch 61:6 Israel as a whole was chosen to become “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex 19:6). Among the Tribes of Israel, priests were chosen from the Levites to officiate in ceremonies of worship and sacrifice. The baptized faithful enjoy a share in Christ’s priesthood called the common priesthood of the faithful. Among baptized men, some are called to the ministerial priesthood by which the sacred minister acts in persona Christi capitis (“in the Person of Christ the Head”). An important function of the priesthood of the New Covenant is the celebration of the sacramental liturgies. (CCC 1118-1120, 1539, 1547, 1552, 1591-1592)

Ch 62:1-12 Speaking in Jerusalem directly, this prophecy compares again God’s love to paternal and spousal love. God’s love, in many instances, is compared to the love of a bridegroom for his bride. God, through his prophet, urged his people to be vigilant in preparation for the last day. (CCC 219, 1611)

Ezekiel 20:1-32 The people of Judah and Israel found themselves ridiculed frequently by the various nations because of the defeats they had suffered throughout history. The pagan nations would make light of their faith and taunt them on account of their suffering and God’s ostensible indifference. Given the fact that the worship of the one true God was at the heart of the Jewish religion, the worship of idols flew in the face of the Mosaic Covenant. Only through a severe purification could God bring his people back to their commitment to the Mosaic Law. (CCC 2811-2812)

Ch 20:33-49 After recounting the history of his people, the Lord promised to reunite his people and make a new covenant restoring Israel once again.

Blazing flame: The devastating fire (which will turn into a sword at the beginning of the next chapter) represents Babylon, who invaded and defeated the surrounding nations. 

Green tree...dry tree: The righteous and the wicked will all suffer the effects of the Babylonian conquest. 

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

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise and glory. We thank you so much for this day. Thank you for your Word. Thank you for this opportunity to be together. Thank you for constantly calling us back to yourself. Thank you for constantly...sigh...gosh Lord, your Word in Isaiah of promise, your Word in Isaiah of consolation, your Word in Isaiah of yes, destruction and horrible things have to happen, but it’s all so that we can come back to you and you can bless us. So help us come back to you and please bless us this day. Especially bless the members of this community, God, who stand in particular need of your help right now. Who stand in particular need of our prayers. Who stand in particular need of your Grace. Give them your Grace this day and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”