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Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading we wrap up Isaiah and he speaks of the day when we will all rejoice in Jerusalem. We hear that all who mourned over her will rejoice. This extends the promise that God made to Abraham, of land, dynasty, and blessing. Ezekiel preaches about how wrong it is for God’s people to be indifferent to the destruction of the temple.

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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Isaiah 66

1 Thus says Yahweh: With heaven my throne and earth my footstool, what house could you build me, what place for me to rest,

2 when all these things were made by me and all belong to me? – declares Yahweh. But my eyes are drawn to the person of humbled and contrite spirit, who trembles at my word.

3 Some slaughter a bull, some kill a human being, some sacrifice a lamb, some strangle a dog, some present an offering of pig’s blood, some burn memorial incense, a revolting blessing; all these people have chosen their own ways and take delight in their disgusting practices.

4 I too take delight in making fools of them, I shall bring what they most fear down on them because I have called and no one would answer, I spoke and no one listened. They have done what I regard as evil, have chosen what displeases me.

5 Listen to the word of Yahweh, you who tremble at his word. Your brothers, who hate and reject you because of my name, have said, ‘Let Yahweh show his glory, let us witness your joy!’ But they will be put to shame.

6 Listen! An uproar from the city! A voice from the Temple! The voice of Yahweh bringing retribution on his enemies.

7 Before being in labour she has given birth. Before the birth pangs came, she has been delivered of a child.

8 Who ever heard of such a thing, who ever saw anything like this? Can a country be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? For Zion, scarcely in labour, has brought forth her children!

9 Shall I open the womb and not bring to birth? says Yahweh. Shall I, who bring to birth, close the womb? says your God.

10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, be glad for her, all you who love her! Rejoice, rejoice with her, all you who mourned her!

11 So that you may be suckled and satisfied from her consoling breast, so that you may drink deep with delight from her generous nipple.

12 For Yahweh says this: Look, I am going to send peace flowing over her like a river, and like a stream in spate the glory of the nations. You will be suckled, carried on her hip and fondled in her lap.

13 As a mother comforts a child, so I shall comfort you; you will be comforted in Jerusalem.

14 At the sight your heart will rejoice, and your limbs regain vigour like the grass. To his servants Yahweh will reveal his hand, but to his enemies his fury.

15 For see how Yahweh comes in fire, his chariots like the whirlwind, to assuage his anger with burning, his rebukes with flaming fire.

16 For by fire will Yahweh execute fair judgement, and by his sword, on all people; and Yahweh’s victims will be many.

17 As for those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves to enter the gardens, following the one in the centre, who eat the flesh of pigs, revolting things and rats: their deeds and their thoughts will perish together, declares Yahweh.

18 I am coming to gather every nation and every language. They will come to witness my glory.

19 I shall give them a sign and send some of their survivors to the nations: to Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coasts and islands that have never heard of me or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory to the nations,

20 and from all the nations they will bring all your brothers as an offering to Yahweh, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to my holy mountain, Jerusalem, Yahweh says, like Israelites bringing offerings in clean vessels to Yahweh’s house.

21 And some of them I shall make into priests and Levites, Yahweh says.

22 For as the new heavens and the new earth I am making will endure before me, declares Yahweh, so will your race and your name endure.

23 From New Moon to New Moon, from Sabbath to Sabbath, all humanity will come and bow in my presence, Yahweh says.

24 And on their way out they will see the corpses of those who rebelled against me; for their worm will never die nor their fire be put out, and they will be held in horror by all humanity.

Ezekiel 25

1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,

2 ‘Son of man, turn towards the Ammonites and prophesy against them.

3 Say to the Ammonites, “Hear the word of the Lord Yahweh. The Lord Yahweh says this: “Since you gloated over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was ravaged, and over the House of Judah when it went into exile,

4 I shall let the sons of the East take possession of you; they will pitch their camps inside you, they will make their home in you. They willbe the ones to eat your produce and drink your milk.

5 I shall turn Rabbah into a camel yard and the towns of Ammon into sheepfolds. And so you will know that I am Yahweh.

6 “The Lord Yahweh says this: Since you have clapped your hands and danced for joy, full of malicious delight at Israel’s fate,

7 my hand will be against you for this; I shall hand you over to be looted by the peoples, obliterate you as a nation and wipe you out as a country. I shall reduce you to nothing, and you will know that I am Yahweh.

8 “The Lord Yahweh says this: “Since Moab and Seir have said: Look at the House of Judah; it is no different from any other nation;

9 very well, I shall expose Moab’s heights; its cities will no longer be cities throughout the land — the jewels of the country, Beth-Jeshimoth, Baal-Meon and Kiriathaim.

10 I shall let the sons of the East and the Ammonites take possession of them, so that they will no longer be remembered by the nations.

11 I shall bring Moab to justice, and they will know that I am Yahweh.

12 “The Lord Yahweh says this: “Since Edom has taken revenge on the House of Judah and committed great crimes in doing so,

13 very well, the Lord Yahweh says this: My hand will be against Edom and denude it of human and animal. I shall lay it waste, from Teman as far as Dedan they will be put to the sword.

14 I shall take vengeance on Edom by means of my people Israel. They will treat Edom as my anger and fury dictate, and they will know this is my vengeance — declares the Lord Yahweh.

15 “The Lord Yahweh says this, “Since the Philistines have acted in revenge and, motivated by malice, have taken revenge, doing their best to destroy because of their long-standing hatred,

16 very well, the Lord Yahweh says this: My hand will be against the Philistines; I shall exterminate the Cherethites and destroy the rest of the coastal peoples.

17 I shall perform frightful acts of vengeance and inflict furious punishments on them; and they will know that I am Yahweh, when I exact my vengeance on them.” ‘

Ezekiel 26

1 In the eleventh year, on the first of the month, the word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,

2 ‘Son of man, since Tyre has said of Jerusalem: “Aha! She is shattered, the Gateway to the Nations; she now gives way to me. Her riches are ruined!”

3 Very well, the Lord Yahweh says this, “Now, Tyre, I am against you,

4 I shall raise many nations against you as the sea raises its waves. They will destroy the walls of Tyre, they will demolish her towers; I shall sweep the dust of her away and reduce her to a naked rock.

5 She will be a drying-ground out to sea for fishing-nets. For I have spoken- declares Lord Yahweh. She will be the prey of the nations.

6 As for her daughters on the mainland, these will be put to the sword, and they will know that I am Yahweh.”

7 ‘For the Lord Yahweh says this, “From the north, I shall bring Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, king of kings, down on Tyre with horses, chariots, cavalry and an enormous army.

8 He will put your daughters on the mainland to the sword. He will build siege-works against you, cast up a siege-ramp against you, raise a screen against you;

9 he will pound your walls with his battering-rams, and demolish your towers with his siege-engines.

10 His horses are so many that their dust will hide you. The noise of his horsemen and his chariot-wheels will make your walls tremble as he enters your gates as though storming into a city through the breach.

11 With his horses’ hoofs he will trample through all your streets; he will put your people to the sword, and throw your massive pillars to the ground.

12 Your wealth will be seized, your merchandise looted, your walls rased, your luxurious houses shattered, your stones, your timbers, your very dust, thrown into the sea.

13 I shall put an end to the sound of your songs; the sound of your harps will not be heard again.

14 I shall reduce you to a naked rock, and make you into a drying-ground for fishing-nets, never to be rebuilt; for I, Yahweh, have spoken -declares the Lord Yahweh.”

15 ‘The Lord Yahweh says this to Tyre, “Will not the islands quake at the sound of your fall, while the wounded groan and the slaughter takes place inside you?

16 All the princes of the sea will leave their thrones, lay aside their cloaks, take off their embroidered robes. Dressed in terror they will sit on the ground trembling incessantly, stunned at your fate.

17 “They will raise the lament for you as follows: You are destroyed then, vanished from the seas, famous city, former sea-power, who with her citizens, used to spread terror all over the mainland!

18 Now the islands are trembling on the day of your fall; the islands of the sea are terrified by your end.

19 “For the Lord Yahweh says this: “When I make you a ruined city like other deserted cities, when I raise the deep against you and the ocean covers you,

20 when I fling you down with those who go down into the abyss, with the people of long ago, and put you deep in the underworld, in the ruins of long ago with those who sink into oblivion, so that you can never come back or be restored to the land of the living,

21 I will make you an object of terror; you will not exist. People will look for you but never find you again — declares the Lord Yahweh!” ‘

Proverbs 14:1-4

1 Wisdom builds herself a house; with her own hands Folly pulls it down.

2 Whoever keeps to an honest course fears Yahweh, whoever deserts his paths shows contempt for him.

3 Pride sprouts in the mouth of the fool, the lips of the wise keep them safe.

4 No oxen, empty manger; strong bull, much cash.

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