The Reign of True Justice (Isaiah 31:1-3,32:1-8)
Today's first reading from the Liturgy of the Hours' "Office of Readings" is very interesting. Thought I'd share:
Woe to those who go down to Egypt
to seek help there,
who build their hopes on cavalry,
who rely on the number of chariots
and on the strength of mounted men,
but never look to the Holy One of Israel
nor consult the Lord.
Yet he too is skilled in working disaster,
and he has not gone back on his word;
he will rise against the house of the wicked,
and against the protectors of evil men.
The Egyptian is a man, not a god,
his horses are flesh, not spirit;
the Lord will stretch out his hand
to make the protector stumble;
the protected will fall
and all will perish together.
See, a king will reign justly
and princes will rule rightly;
each of them will be a shelter from the wind,
a refuge from the storm,
they will be like streams of water in a dry country,
like the shade of a great rock in a thirsty land.
The eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
the ears of those who hear will be alert,
the heart of the hasty will learn to judge,
the tongue of stammerers will speak clearly,
the fool will no more be called noble,
nor the villain be styled honorable.
For the fool speaks folly,
and his heart meditates wickedness,
that he may practice godlessness
and speak perversely against the Lord,
and leave the hungry man’s craving unsatisfied,
and refuse drink to the thirsty.
And the villain – his villainies are evil;
he devises wicked plots
to ruin the poor with lies
even when the cause of these lowly ones is just;
but the noble man plans only noble things
and bears himself nobly.