Reflection: This passage has been used and re-used to speak of a transformed society. It was first used by Isaiah to announce to the Judean exiles in Babylon that God would bring them back home to the land of Israel. God would make a highway to bring them home. The same words are echoed in the New Testament to refer to the announcement of John the Baptist in the new work of God (Matthew 3:3). Through Jesus Christ, God was bringing his people “home”, to restore right relationship. The message of Jesus is good news for those that have been alienated from God. The
same words have been echoed over the centuries to announce hope of a transformed society. They were used by Martin Luther King, Jr (despite his personal failings), to imagine a racially unified society in 1960s North America.
Questions: What vision for society do we find in Christ?
Prayer: Lord, we long to see your kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven. Help us to love and live with your heart for our communities.