Today our reading is from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. The prophet’s job is to announce the word of the Lord, to call the people to repentance, to remind them to care for the widows and the orphans, and to convince them to see themselves and the world the way God does.
1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
2 look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.
3 The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
4 “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations.
5 My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.
Isaiah is speaking to those who live in pursuit of righteousness. Is that you? How so?
He is teaching us to look to Abraham and Sarah, our ancestors in the faith. What can they teach us? Remember that you are part of a community that is so much bigger than you.
Isaiah calls us to remember the Lord’s goodness. He will comfort Zion and have compassion for his people. How has the Lord been good to you?
Isaiah speaks the word of the Lord that our God is a God of justice. How are you working for justice today?
Dear Lord, I thank you for your prophets, who speak to me your word. And though sometimes they say things I do not want to hear, I know that I need to hear it. So help me to be receptive to your word through them, and may my life reflect your peace and your justice, especially for the least persons in my midst. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.