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Today’s Readings – Tuesday of week 2 of Advent - First Reading

Commentary on Isa 40:1-11

Today we begin a series of readings from what is known as ‘The Book of Consolation’. It consists of chapters 40 to 55 of Isaiah and its unknown author is referred to as ‘Second Isaiah’. He is writing - much later - at the end of the Jews’ exile in Babylon and speaks with confidence of their returning to Jerusalem. The name ‘Consolation’ comes from the first words of today’s reading - "Console my people, console them." Comfort is the prevailing theme of this section compared to the more threatening prophecies of the first 40 chapters.

The opening part is actually a cantata for several voices. The time of suffering in exile is coming to an end, the "time of service is ended". Th … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Monday of Week 2 of Advent - First Reading

Commentary on Isaiah 35:1-10

The First Reading expresses the excitement and anticipation of God’s coming in our midst.

The passage comes from a longer passage (chaps 34-35) which speaks of the ultimate triumph of Jerusalem. It is sometimes known as the ‘ … Continue

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