7 The way of the righteous is level; thou dost make smooth the path of the righteous.8 In the path of thy judgments, O LORD, we wait for thee; thy memorial name is the desire of our soul.9 My soul yearns for thee in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks thee. For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
12 O LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us, thou hast wrought for us all our works.
16 O LORD, in distress they sought thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.17 Like a woman with child, who writhes and cries out in her pangs, when she is near her time, so were we because of thee, O LORD;18 we were with child, we writhed, we have as it were brought forth wind. We have wrought no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.19 Thy dead shall live, their bodies shall rise. O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For thy dew is a dew of light, and on the land of the shades thou wilt let it fall.
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
ISAIAH THE PROPHET Step into the breach, offering intercessory prayer for and on behalf of the people of God, begging Him to clear the way and remove any obstacles that may preclude the suffering souls from finding rest. Isaiah bear witness that the people have learned to be righteous by the chastisement they suffered for their sins.
Isaiah use the imagery of a mother in labour, who experience a conglomeration of mixed emotions—tears, pain and joy to express the hope that the people will be delivered, raised from the dust and experience the light of the Lord. The bottom line is that the people wish to replace their stress with joy.
THE GOSPEL READING: Christ invite all of us who have strayed and lost our way to put on His yoke—a harness that couple and attach us to Him—so that we may gently walk in step with Him who shall guide our way, as we plough through rough, soft and hard terrain, planting seeds that shall flourish and produce fruit in and out of season.
Instead of stubbornly digging in our heels and try to be ‘mister or missus know it all,’ Christ invite you and me to submit and learn from Him. We need to have a filial or pious fear of God that is due from a son or daughter towards a mother and a father. The bottom line is that we must learn from Him who humbly carried His cross despite the insults, beatings, humiliations He endured, for He was and is determined to please the Father and save us from eternal punishment and damnation!
LET US PRAY:Psalms 102:13-21
13 Thou wilt arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come.14 For thy servants hold her stones dear, and have pity on her dust.15 The nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
16 For the LORD will build up Zion, he will appear in his glory;17 he will regard the prayer of the destitute, and will not despise their supplication.18 Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD:19 that he looked down from his holy height, from heaven the LORD looked at the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die;
21 that men may declare in Zion the name of the LORD, and in Jerusalem his praise,
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days
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