On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
a feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
the web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from every face;
the reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.”
In today’s, First Reading, the Prophet Isaiah was writing after the Northern Kingdom of Israel had fallen. The people were driven from their homes and land. They were broken and defeated.
Despite their current situation, the Prophet Isaiah consoles them and foretells better days. He says, “The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face.” These words of hope, spoken to the people of Israel so long ago, are once again so relevant to the modern State of Israel.
In these days, we have seen horrific acts of violence on the innocent. We pray for our ancestors in the faith, through whom we received the Savior, that peace, security, consolation, and the “wiping away of tears” may soon come to them and to all those affected by war in the Holy Land. Please be assured of my prayers before Our Lord, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
+ Bishop Schlert