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Sharing the Word for April 1, 2019 – Fourth Week of Lent – Year 1

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

April 1, 2019

Daily Reading from the USCCB: Isaiah 65:17-21

 

In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah offers a hopeful vision of the future. The people of Israel have by this point been living as strangers in a foreign land for some time.

As exiles, the younger generation has nothing but stories about their homeland. Through the mouth of the prophet, God reminds the people what they are destined for.

God wants to restore the people. God wants them to live in their own homes, to live to a ripe old age, and to have choice food and drink.

As we continue our Lenten journey, the words of Isaiah offer us hope. God wants good things for us. As we look forward to the Easter season, may we set our eyes on the “new Jerusalem” promised us by the resurrection, where there will no longer be “the sounds of weeping.”