Isaiah 56:1-3, 6-8 (Or Sirach 48:1-4,9-11)
This account of Elijah?s return to the Lord gave rise to the belief that perhaps he had not died and thus would come again to prepare the way for the Messiah. Whatever credence we may give to this belief today, it was certainly a factor in the mind of the Jew at the time of Jesus. Some Jews still set a spare place at table when they celebrate the Passover in case Elijah should come to join them. We may think this is a bit silly, but the symbolism of hope and faith in actions such as this are all a part of the traditions that develop in religious practice.
1 Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. 2 Happy is the man who does this, the son of man who holds to it; who keeps the sabbath free from profanation, and his hand from any evildoing. 3 Let not the foreigner say, when he would join himself to the LORD, ?The LORD will surely exclude me from his people?; nor let the eunuch say, ?See, I am a dry tree.? 6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, ministering to him, loving the name of the LORD, and becoming his servants ? all who keep the sabbath free from profanation and hold to my covenant, 7 them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer; their holocausts and sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. 8 Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, others will I gather to him besides those already gathered.
P S A L M
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7-8 (or Psalm 80)
R: O God, let all the nations praise you!
1  May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. 2  So may your way be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation. (R) 4  May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide. (R) 6  The earth has yielded its fruits; God, our God, has blessed us. 7  May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him! (R)
G O S P E L
John 5:33-36 (Or Matthew 17:9-13)
John the Baptist is sometimes thought to be Elijah returning to prepare the way for the Messiah. He certainly shares some of the same character traits with Elijah. Ultimately, it does not really matter whether he is Elijah returned or not. The important thing is that John prepares the way for Jesus. This is something that we should all be doing in terms of Jesus? Second Coming. We should be preaching the Good News to the ends of the earth, as this is one of the prerequisites to be fulfilled before Jesus will come again.
33 ?You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. 34 I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have testimony greater than John?s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.?
think: We should be preaching the Good News to the ends of the earth.
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