SATURDAY OF THE FIFTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

July 20, 2019

Exodus 12:37-42

 

The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. A mixed crowd also went up with them, and livestock in great numbers, both flocks and herds. They baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.

The time that the Israelites had lived in Egypt was four hundred thirty years. At the end of four hundred thirty years, on that very day, all the companies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. That was for the Lord a night of vigil, to bring them out of the land of Egypt. That same night is a vigil to be kept for the Lord by all the Israelites throughout their generations.

 

 

Psalm 136:1, 23-24, 10-15  

 

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

It is he who remembered us in our low estate,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

 

and rescued us from our foes,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

who struck Egypt through their firstborn,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

 

and brought Israel out from among them,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

 

with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

 

who divided the Red Sea in two,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

 

and made Israel pass through the midst of it,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

 

but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,

    for his steadfast love endures forever;

 

 

Matthew 12:14-21 

 

But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
    my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
    and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
    nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed
    or quench a smoldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
    And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

(NRSVCE)

 

Meditation

 

In the first reading, we recall the vigil the Israelites kept for the Lord before he freed them from Egypt. After four hundred and thirty years, God saw fit to bring his people out of slavery and the Israelite people commemorate this vigil throughout every generation.

 

The wait for a deliverer was long and arduous, as generation after generation passed. But it was also full of anticipation. Moses, as a precursor to Christ, came to free them from bondage and give the whole world a sign of his saving power. It was God who did the work of sending Moses to free them and carry out his promise. 

 

In the Gospel reading today, Jesus, is the chosen servant spoken of by Isaiah, the chosen, "My servant...my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He... brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

 

Today, we wait on the Lord. Our lives and our waiting is not stagnant but full of anticipation as we wait for Jesus to return. In addition to our earthly vigil for the Lord, we wait on the Lord in smaller capacities as well. Are you waiting on the Lord for something? Waiting for him to answer a prayer, heal a loved one, give you direction, or deliver you out of a situation? Take courage in today’s scriptures and remember the importance of God’s timing. Remember that although you may be asked to wait a long time, God will bring your waiting to an end and bring justice to victory. 

 

 

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