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

Commentary on Isaiah 38:1-6,21-22,7-8

(Note that the verse numbering for today’s reading is read as a continuous text where vv 21-22 follow vv 1-6 and are then both followed by vv 7-8.)

Today we have the story of a good man who faithfully followed God’s will. It is our last reading from this part of the Book of Isaiah. The other parts of the book will be read at other times in the liturgical cycle.

The story told today seems to have taken place some time before the Assyrian invasion by Sennacherib in 701 BC.  Isaiah plays a central role in the king’s dialogue with God. It begins by the prophet telling the king, who is terminally ill, that it is time for him to put his affairs in order for his approaching death.  The prophet Elisha similarly predicted the death … Continue

Yesterday’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 longi … Continue

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