“O that you had listened to my commandments!”
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 48 :17- 19)
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. O that you had listened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me.”
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 1 :1-2.3.4 and 6 (R. see John 8: 12)
R/. He who follows you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Blessed indeed is the man
Who follows not the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the path with sinners,
nor abides in the company of scorers,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord,
and who ponders his law day and night. R.
He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper. R.
Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they, like winnowed chaff,
shall be driven away by the wind.
For the Lord knows the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked will perish. R.
Alleluia. Alleluia. The Lord is coming, run out to meet him; he is the prince of peace. Alleluia.
They listened neither to John nor to the Son of man.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 11:16-19)
At that time: Jesus said to the crowds, “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates, ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn. ’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say,! ‘He has a demon’; the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners ! ’Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Coming into the presence of the Lord yields a much desired positive transformation. The prophet Isaiah informs us today that it would earn us peace, righteousness and every good thing, including having our names in his book of life (cf Isa 48:17-19). To be in the presence of the Lord is to be without sin. The prophet Isaiah had also noted that it was our sins that separated us from God (Isa 59:2). Jesus name and healed the wounds of that separation so that we can pass over from the darkness of sin and death to the brightness of eternal life (see jn 17:3). May the light and peace from God continue to dwell with us to lead us and keep us in his presence at all times. Amen