Let’s look at the three readings and the Psalm.
In the first reading Isaiah spoke words of hope to the land of Zebulun and Naphtali. Those were the names of two of jacob’s sons back in 1800 B.C.. Six hundred years further on, the families sired by them had become large tribes. They occupied the land west of the Sea of Galilee. Then, five hundred years further on, in Isaiah’s time, the Assyrian foes had carried off the whole of those tribes, leaving their land desolate. In our first reading Isaiah revealed his vision of the coming of the Messiah to that land.
The Psalm reading is one that may have become your prayer; especially when it says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation,” and, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all my days.”
In the second reading Paul scolded the Christians of Corinth for breaking into factions, with one group favoring him, one group favoring Apollo, and one group favoring Peter. Similarly, we must be dedicated to the church and to our parish, not to one priest more than the others.
The Gospel is the fulfillment of the eight-hundred-year-old prophesy of Isaiah with Jesus doing miracles in what had been the land of Zebulun and Naphtali. In him “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”
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