Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.
Today’s reading once again reminds us of the prophetic tradition that is so much a part of Hebrew and Christian traditions. Isaiah’s vision of a woman who will bear a son to be called Emmanuel, or God With Us, brings us back to Advent and the person of Mary.
Why was this selection part of today’s Lectionary readings? I think it was to remind us, in the midst of Jesus’s hard journey in the wilderness of Lent, that Jesus still remains for us a living, breathing human being, born to a young unmarried woman. He will live in us forever and we must not lose sight of that gift to us, even as he approaches the suffering of the cross.
Dear Lord: Help us to remember the path of your life, hold its beauty and its suffering in our hearts.