It’s hard to miss the message that appears this morning in Isaiah, in Psalm 146 and in Matthew’s gospel since virtually the same words are prophesied about the coming of the Lord in Isaiah, touted in the psalm and spoken by Jesus when asked if he is the Messiah. They all say that the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and the mute talk. The Isaiah reading is the most beautiful in its language, I think.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, the tongue of the mute will sing.
The celebration of the Incarnation of Christ in the world is close now and expectation is growing for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. This morning’s readings give a great push to our hope. The second reading for today from the letter of James answers not the same question as the other readings, but an important one for us who wait.
How are we to be until He comes? James answers quite succinctly: BE PATIENT, brothers and sisters…Do not complain about one another. Simple but definitely not easy. A good place to start.