ADVENT, Week 1: Friday

“On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see.” (Isaiah 29:18.)

Saint Bede the Venerable comments on this verse from today’s First Reading:

“Neither was heaven created in any six-day period and the stars illuminated and the dry land separated from the water and the trees and vegetation planted. Rather, Scripture customarily uses “day” to denote an unspecified period of time, as the apostle did when he said, “Behold, this is the day of salvation.” He was not referring to a particular day but to the entirety of the time of the present life in which we labor for eternal salvation. The prophet also spoke not of one specific day but of numerous moments of divine grace, saying, “In that day, the deaf will hear the words of this book.” Moreover, it is difficult to understand how in one day God made heaven and earth and all the brush of the field and every plant of every region, unless we say that all creatures were created simultaneously in formless matter, according to which it is written: “He who lives forever created all things together.” (Homilies on the Gospels, 1.)

Stir up Your power,
we pray, O Lord, and come,
that with You to protect us,
we may find rescue
from the pressing dangers of our sins,
and with You to set us free,
we may be found worthy of salvation.
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen