Tuesday: Reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Tuesday: Reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Hebrew Scripture Lesson from the Latter Prophets: Isaiah 32:9-20

Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice;
 you complacent daughters, listen to my speech.
In little more than a year
 you will shudder, you complacent ones;
for the vintage will fail,
 the fruit harvest will not come.
Tremble, you women who are at ease,
 shudder, you complacent ones;
strip, and make yourselves bare,
 and put sackcloth on your loins.
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
 for the fruitful vine,
for the soil of my people
 growing up in thorns and briers;
 yes, for all the joyous houses
 in the jubilant city.
For the palace will be forsaken,
 the populous city deserted;
the hill and the watchtower
 will become dens forever,
the joy of wild asses,
 a pasture for flocks;
until a spirit from on high is poured out on us,
 and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
 and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.

Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
 and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
The effect of righteousness will be peace,
 and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
 in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
The forest will disappear completely,
 and the city will be utterly laid low.
Happy will you be who sow beside every stream,
 who let the ox and the donkey range freely.

Psalm 80

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
 you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
 and come to save us!

Restore us, O God; let your face shine,
 that we may be saved.

O Lord God of hosts,
 how long will you be angry with your people's prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
 and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
 our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine,
 that we may be saved.

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
 you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it;
 it took deep root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade,
 the mighty cedars with its branches;
it sent out its branches to the sea,
 and its shoots to the River.
Why then have you broken down its walls,
 so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
The boar from the forest ravages it,
 and all that move in the field feed on it.

Turn again, O God of hosts;
 look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
 the stock that your right hand planted.
They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down;
 may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
 the one whom you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you;
 give us life,
 and we will call on your name.

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine,
 that we may be saved.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: James 3:17-18

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Year B Easter 5 Tuesday

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California by Flickr user Kevin, via Flickr. This image is used under the Creative Commons Attribution, Noncommercial Share Alike 2.0 license.

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