WORD of the DAY
I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people, to restore the land… (Isaiah 49: 9)
Isaiah the prophet proclaims a word of hope, of a future for his people. He reminds them of the covenant and describes it as personified, formed, and established for the people. it is a covenant that does not limit itself to being a contract, a piece of paper that guarantees words declared.
God’s covenant takes a body in the people, in His representatives, and therefore in each one who belongs to the people. It is a community fact and a personal fact; an ecclesial experience and a personal experience. The covenant of Abraham offered animals as holocausts; that of Moses transformed his face and restored radiance to the elderly spectators of the encounter. The new covenant traverses the body and existence, first of Christ and thence of all people and allows them to accomplish the works of God: to restore the land, and allot the desolated heritages, to free the prisoners.
Lord, grant that the daily Eucharist may make us men and women of Your covenant and, with what we are, allow us to restore life, to free and not waste Your precious heritage.
The voice of the Liturgy
I pray to You, O Lord,
For a time of favor;
In Your great mercy,
Answer me, O God,
With Your salvation
That never fails. (Cf. Psalm 69)