The first reading opens with the prophecy or the announce that a canticle will be heard in the land of Judah. What does that mean? Is it about a simple singing by a musician or by choir members?
Promise of the canticle
“In that day the canticle shall be heard in the land of Juda” is more than just mere singing. It’s an announcement of the promise that the suffering people are currently going through will be over and they be able to rejoice in celebration.
Readings Is 26:1-6. Psalm 118: 1, 8–9, 19, 25–27 Matthew 7: 21, 24–27
In the old Testament, the invitation to sing a canticle signifies invitation to celebrate the mighty deeds the Lord has done in favour of his people, like when he made Israel cross the sea dry-shod or after winning the war. And so, whenever Israel sings a canticle she announces the great favour that she has benefited. And so, to say that the canticle will be heard implies a forthcoming victory that Israel will celebrate. It’s a promise of liberation from whatever situation of suffering that the people are going through.
In this time of Advent, it’s to us the promise is made. So, we are not only waiting for the Lord’s coming; our waiting is sustained by the hope that despite whatever difficult situation we may be going through today, the sun shall rise among us. The suffering you are in today will go and you will be able to celebrate with joy. This is a message of hope that your suffering today is not meant to last forever -there will come a time when it will be gone.
In the mist of our doubts, discouragements and trying moments may be we sustained by the hope of the promise of a new canticle. Yes, Lord, I believe that a canticle shall be heard in my life.
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