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We see more of Isaiah this week, the third week in a row the First Reading has come to us from this prophet. What is the connection between the health and productivity of the land and the well-being of the people of Israel?
146:5 In the context of this psalm and the Psalter, what does it mean to be “Happy”. Is this the same “happiness” enumerated in the Declaration of Independence? How are “help” and “hope” related?
How will you decide between Psalm 146:5-10 and Luke 1:47-55? I usually alternate between cycles, though people might associate Luke 1:4-55 with Advent and Christmas more than they do Psalm 146:5-10. In favor of the alternate reading is that it is one of the few feminine voices in the Scriptures. Mary’s psalm of praise, apparently following the template of Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2:1-10, seems to move from the particular in verses 47-49 to the universal in verses 50-55. What shall we learn from the theological and doxological trajectory of Mary’s song?
5:7-8 This reads like an admonition to patiently wait even in the midst of apparently dashed expectations. How near is near? At least a farmer witnesses yearly reward for patience, not waiting nearly two-thousand years for a crop. How do we strengthen our hearts?