Scripture:

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.

Isaiah 7:11,14

Meditation:

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.

Prayer:

Dear Lord:  Help us to remember the path of your life, hold its beauty and its suffering in our hearts.

 

LO