Isaiah 55:11 – April 3, 2020

So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 NABRE           

The prophet in this chapter invites the Israelites to a banquet of the Lord’s Covenant. It is reminiscent of that celebrated by Moses on Mount Sinai (see Exodus 24:5, 11) This chapter seems to sum up much of what has come before it; a call to conversion, a call to take advantage of the gifts of salvation generously offered. “Come to the waters.” “Seek the Lord.” “Let the wicked forsake his way.” Originally it was a call to the exiles in Babylon to return to Jerusalem once Babylon had fallen to the Persians and King Cyrus released them. But we can see it as a call made at all times. There is a reference to an everlasting covenant which Christians can read as the new and everlasting covenant sealed with the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, an act of salvation for all humanity. The prophet tells us that God’s word will not return empty and barren it will flourish in all things, nourished by the good deeds of those who obey and fulfill His teachings. The word is fulfilled when it is put into practice; if it is not put into practice it remains barren and withers and starved. We should listen when the Lord tells us He will provide food that nourishes us. We have a similar teaching from Jesus when he says to his disciples, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34).

We are invited to a great feast, the Lord’s banquet which we can imagine is the most magnificent banquet ever. All we must do is the work God has created us to do in His name. To do God’s work opens the banquet for us and is very satisfying.

Do you know God’s work? Can you imagine God’s banquet’s magnificence?

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