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Reading of the Word of God

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 29,17-24

Is it not true that in a very short time the Lebanon will become productive ground, so productive you might take it for a forest? That day the deaf will hear the words of the book and, delivered from shadow and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see. The lowly will find ever more joy in Yahweh and the poorest of people will delight in the Holy One of Israel; for the tyrant will be no more, the scoffer has vanished and all those on the look-out for evil have been destroyed: those who incriminate others by their words, those who lay traps for the arbitrator at the gate and groundlessly deprive the upright of fair judgement. That is why Yahweh, God of the House of Jacob, Abraham's redeemer, says this, 'No longer shall Jacob be disappointed, no more shall his face grow pale, for when he sees his children, my creatures, home again with him, he will acknowledge my name as holy, he will acknowledge the Holy One of Jacob to be holy and will hold the God of Israel in awe. Erring spirits will learn to understand and murmurers accept instruction.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

These words conclude the chapter dedicated to Jerusalem, which the prophet preached would be punished because of the spiritual blindness of its people. But Isaiah prophesizes about the great work of the transformation of humanity. There is no need to wait long, the prophet says: The Lord will intervene "in a very little while." The Lord's intervention is radical and effective: "Shall not Lebanon in a very little while become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be regarded as a forest?" In this passage of the prophet there is a tight connection between the change of creation - the prophet speak of Lebanon and Carmel - into a garden and human behaviour. There is like a direct relationship between the faithfulness of the people to the Lord and their capacity of living on the earth without perverting it, without exploiting it for their own interests. Vigilance and listening to the Word of God with our heart and put it into practice, are undoubtedly decisive. When the people are no longer deaf to the Lord, they can finally open their eyes and live a serene and peaceful life both in human relationships and in those with creation. The people of God, which the prophet describes as a humble people that trusting their Lord's power, and which is at the side of the people of the poor, rejoices again at the closeness of the Holy One of Israel. According to the prophet, there is a new alliance between the people of the believers and the people of the poor: they join together in God's new world, where tyrants and the arrogant are cast down and those who plot wickedness and lay traps are defeated.