The Desert Flowers: The Gospel and Isaiah
We are in the season of Advent and the readings recently, as you may have noticed, are frequently taken from the Book of Isaiah. This is a tradition that goes back centuries to the early Church.
One might have thought that Book of Isaiah would have been associated with Easter, since it contains the so-called “Suffering Servant Songs,” with its verses about the “man of sorrows,” “acquainted with grief,” “despised and rejected by men,” who has “carried our sorrows.”
Pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds