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S+L BLOG: Isaiah



First Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 3rd, 2017 This weekend the Church enters into the liturgical season of Advent. Christians proclaim that the Messiah has indeed come and that God’s reign is “at hand.” Advent does not change God. Advent deepens our longing and anticipation that God will do what prophets and the ...read more
mer·cy noun: mercy; plural noun: mercies Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. jus·tice noun: justice; plural noun: justices Just behavior or treatment. The quality of being fair and reasonable. By now you know that when trying to figure out what words mean, I always find ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 24, 2016 Today’s first reading is taken from the Book of Nehemiah, a book that tells of the reconstitution of the Jewish community after the Exile, the dispersion and the destruction of Jerusalem. It tells the story of the new beginnings of a community and is ...read more
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 18, 2015 The readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time invite us to prayerfully consider the priesthood and priestly ministry. The first reading is the passage of Isaiah’s mysterious suffering servant who takes upon himself the people’s iniquity (Isaiah 53:2-11). The second reading speaks of ...read more
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – September 6, 2015 In the magnificent piece of biblical poetry in Isaiah 35:4-7 (today’s first reading) the prophet Isaiah announces the end of the Babylonian captivity. The Exodus of God’s people from bondage in Egypt became a model for thinking about salvation and a symbol of the ...read more
Both today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah [Is 8:23-9:3] and the Gospel passage [Mt 4:12-23] keep alive the memory of Christmas for us.  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them a light has shined.”   The choral section from the ...read more