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Today’s Readings – Thursday of Week 15 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Isaiah 26:7-9,12,16-19

We have today a beautiful prayer for judgement to come soon. It is the prayer of one who wants to follow closely the Lord’s way:

The way of the righteous is level;
straight is the path of the righteous that you clear.

His one longing is to be close to his Lord:

...your name and your renown
are the soul’s desire.

This contrasts strongly with the cruel and materialistic world of yesterday’s reading.

The next phrase is also a lovely one and one which we could make our own prayer:

My soul yearns for you in the night;
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.

We speak today of ’seeking God in all things’, in every person, in every experience, in every situation.  This is where our lives ge … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Wednesday of Week 15 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Isaiah 10:5-7,13-16

Today we have a powerful passage from Isaiah, full of eloquently poetic images, but with one very simple message: the Lord God is master of all that happens.  On the face of it, the conquests of Assyria (and later of Babylon) seemed to be the work of a … Continue

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