On the road again today, heading to the family Thanksgiving-Christmas gathering, I am once again thinking that an extensive study of the Book of Isaiah would be something to be desired in my future. Sometimes I feel like a thief as I grab a verse or two from what shows up in the first lectionary reading on the US Bishops’ website. Context is, of course, important when reading Scripture. Sometimes, however, it is the line itself that grabs me and I trust that Isaiah would forgive me for savoring what might have a whole different meaning if not taken out of context. Thus, with a bow to the scholars and a reference to the entire chapter 30 from which the following is taken, I offer it freely (and independent) here:
No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher, while from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: “This is the way, walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or to the left.”
How could I resist such a promise?