The month of Mary: A Marian Month
Saint of the day:
Prophet Isaiah's Story
+ The opening verse of the Book of Isaiah tells us that Isaiah, “son of Amoz,” prophesied during the reigns of Judahite kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. This information helps to provide the historical period in which Isaiah was active.
+ Although biblical scholars almost unanimously agree that the Book of Isaiah that has come down to us is a composite work by three authors, the prophecies of Isaiah call on the people to recognize God as “the Holy One of Israel” who demands justice for the people.
+ The goal of Isaiah, in both the warnings and admonitions of the text, is to “give the people of Judah and Jerusalem hope for the future and the will to re-embrace their ancestral religious traditions” (Leslie Hoppe, OFM, in Isaiah).
+ The prophecies of Isaiah have had a profound on influence on the Christian Scriptures, particularly in our understanding of the person and sufferings of Jesus and God’s ongoing action in the world (especially in the Vatican II constitution Gaudium et Spes, no 70).
+ According to ancient Jewish traditions, Isaiah died a martyr during the reign of King Manasseh.
6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above Him, each having six wings: with two each covered his face, and with two each covered his feet, and with two each flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of armies.
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,
“Woe to me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of armies.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your guilt is taken away and atonement is made for your sin.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not understand;
And keep on looking, but do not gain knowledge.’
10 Make the hearts of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull,
And their eyes blind,
So that they will not see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed.”
11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered,
“Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant,
Houses are without people
And the land is utterly desolate,
12 The Lord has completely removed people,
And there are many forsaken places in the midst of the land.
13 Yet there will still be a tenth portion in it,
And it will again be subject to burning,
Like a terebinth or an oak
Whose stump remains when it is cut down.
The holy seed is its stump.”