Saturday, April 26
Isaiah 25:1-9 ¨ Psalm 145 ¨ Acts 4:13-21 ¨ John 16:16-33
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine--
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations
— Isaiah 25:6-7
Isaiah 25 is a song of praise, lifting up a vision of the kingdom of God triumphant over the empires that had battered Israel for decades. In this vision the Lord prepares food, “for all people,” with the best meats and wines. The veil that separates nations is removed, and all can see themselves as one. As in Isaiah 33, “[t]he Lord is exalted. He dwells on high; he fills Zion with justice and righteousness.”
One hears in this a preamble to a later prayer, where God is exalted, hallowed in name; whose kingdom comes, and will is done on earth as in heaven. In this later prayer the exaltation of God comes with a petition. Give us bread! We honor God, presage the kingdom, through the call for justice. We are, through Jesus, invited to participate in the creation of a kingdom of God, and triumph over the kingdoms of empire. This is the consistent thread from Old to New Testament, the promise that justice can reign.
But only if we, the people, work to make it so.
- Tom Ricker
Tom Ricker is the Director of Communications for St. Stephen’s Church and School. He began his work here in February of 2014.