Scripture: 1st Reading: Is11,1-10; Resp. Psalm: Ps72,1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Gospel: Lk10,21-24
For a long time, the people longed for a good leader, a great ruler and king, who would lead them in righteousness. This was because they departed from the ways of Yahweh and sought a return. Today's First Reading, a prophecy concerning a future king, responds to that desire.
The prophecy of Isaiah in today's First Reading is therefore about a great event, the appearance of an ideal and God fearing king, that would happen in the future. This king would not just possess the Spirit, that divine force from Yahweh, in the same way like the prophets of old that helped them to fulfill their mission far beyond their wildest imaginations.
This king would be a descendant of Jesse and thus of the royal dynasty of David and would have the fullness of the Spirit of the Lord and act with the power of the Spirit. This king would live and move by the Spirit and will not be led astray by foolish counsel.
With the power of the Spirit, He shall possess incredible wisdom, discernment, power of judgement, righteousness, and bring peace to alienated and self alienating creation. He shall give justice to the poor and oppressed. He shall return creation back to the paradise that was lost as a result of sin.
This shall be so because as a result of His presence, the entire creation "shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." Just as in the past ignorance led the people to disaster and ruin, knowledge would lead them back to peace and prosperity. With His appearing, He shall stand as ensign to the nations. The nations shall seek Him and His dwellings shall be glorious.
These are the mysteries of the kingdom that are hidden from the wise in worldly wisdom but revealed to mere children. These mysteries were delivered to our Lord by His Father and our Lord makes it known to anyone who comes to faith in Him. The disciples were among these lucky people because their eyes saw what they saw and their ears heard what they heard.
We too are privileged. Our eyes have seen. Our ears have heard. Are we thus filled with wisdom? Do we recognize His presence? Have we understood the implications and entered into the mystery of His coming?
Let us pray: "Look with favour, Lord God, on our petitions, and in our trials grant us your compassionate help, that, consoled by the presence of your Son, whose coming we now await, we may be tainted no longer by the corruption of former ways." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.