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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Isaiah 2, 1-5

The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

It will happen in the final days that the mountain of Yahweh's house will rise higher than the mountains and tower above the heights. Then all the nations will stream to it,

many peoples will come to it and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths.' For the Law will issue from Zion and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.

Then he will judge between the nations and arbitrate between many peoples. They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, no longer will they learn how to make war.

House of Jacob, come, let us walk in Yahweh's light.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

From the first day of Advent until the second Wednesday, the first reading for the daily Liturgy is taken from the prophet Isaiah. The intention of the Liturgy is that the words of the prophet help us contemplate the new time the Messiah is coming to inaugurate. Isaiah lived in a period of conflict, as can be seen clearly in chapter 7 and chapters 30 and 31 of the book. But he is impelled by the Lord not to give in: not to yield to the terrible logic of war, the custom of unjust alliances, or even the search for personal well being at any cost. Even though in other places he invites his readers to have faith in God's protection, he now reveals the future that awaits the people of Israel. It is a vision of peace, totally unexpected in a time marked by conflict, when the people are enmeshed in a selfish and violent way of thinking. The Liturgy of the Church, starting with the first day of Advent, shows what will happen at the “end of days”. At that time, says the prophet, “the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains... all the nations shall stream to it.” It is a vision of the universality of salvation; no one is excluded. All peoples will be attracted to this vision- not forced but, in fact, attracted - by the power of wisdom that emanates from the Lord. The prophet says: “For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” This wisdom will transform the hearts of the people and of the nations that listen to it, and will usher in a time of universal peace: “they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks.” While we take our first steps into Advent, the prophet is not only giving us a vision of the salvation Jesus will bring to humanity, but he is also stressing that any one who accepts this vision can begin living it even now. Therefore, as we take the first steps towards Christmas, we can already taste at least a little of what we will later live fully.