March 27, 2017 (Is 65:17-21)

Today’s First Reading and the collects for the Monday of the 4th week in Lent all have to do with renewal and God continuing to act in our world. The First Reading comes from Trito-Isaiah (the one who lived at the end of the Babylonian Captivity). He is writing to give hope to the people who have had the trauma of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple and been in exile. He writes as if there will be a new creation (a “new heaven and a new earth”) and a new exodus, that God did not stop doing miracles in the past but continues work in the here and now. Sometimes, we can fall into the trap that God worked miracles in “the olden time,” but he stopped. He continues to create and free today.

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