When we read some books of the Bible, like Genesis, or the historical books, starting with Joshua & Judges, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, and continuing through Nehemiah, or the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, there is a definite plot line. However, don’t expect a developed plot running through the books of the prophets. What we find instead are predominantly oracles. While the oracles of judgement might be grouped together, and likewise oracles of salvation, like our 1st reading today, each oracle is complete in itself, and not necessarily linked to what came before or what comes after. Isaiah is even more complex. Most likely we have a collection of oracles, speeches and texts from multiple authors, collected and edited across several centuries. God’s revelation comes to us in many different forms! What is an oracle of salvation? Reread our 1st reading and it should be clear. Read it several times, in fact, till the infectious confidence and joy infects you!

Sunday, July 3, 2016