Sunday, July 10, 2011
Come to the water all you who are thirsty...
The Sunday readings are commented on by several each week and you can find these excellent reflections by clicking on the Bible in the blog of the Concord Pastor. Here is an excerpt from Larry Gillick, S.J.:
We pray to receive grace as the crops drink in the nourishing rains. We bathe in God’s love as do flowers soak in the warmth of the sun. We pray to live generously the fruitful life of giving life, sustaining life, and caring for life in all its forms, from earliest beginnings to latest endings.
We have for our First Reading a poetic section from the final chapter of The Book of Consolation also known as Second Isaiah. This chapter opens with the famous verses about the invitation to “come to the water all you who are thirsty.” The fifteen chapters of this book or section deal with God’s bringing Israel back to life within a new covenant. The infertility of their past infidelities are forgiven and something “new” will be brought forth.
The prophet pictures the faithful God as the one who sends a relationship as the clouds send the rain. This faithful rain will give life to God’s people as do the rains give life to the crops. Fruitfulness of the fields was always a sign of God’s blessing. The prophet uses a familiar agricultural image to remind the people that God is the giver of all things and God’s work is the holiness of the people.