In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything, the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
Today´s text gives Israel hope even when she is in the midst of threatening challenges. Who is this branch of the Lord? In the prophet´s context, this branch should have been a new and righteous Israelite King who will redeem them from their suffering but however, reading this text typologically we would see this text as pointing to the coming of Jesus Christ who was often referred to as the shoot from the stem of Jesse. This Branch of the Lord will redeem his people and we are drawn to metaphors of the exodus event when the cloud and pillar of fire protected and directed the children of Israel to their promised land. The cloud will protect them from intense heat while the pillar of fire will give them warmth in times of coldness. The text comes at an important time as we prepare for Christmas. We are in the advent season, the time for preparing for the coming of the Messiah and to do what? He is coming to wash away our sins and this is exactly what this branch is coming to do to Israel. Therefore brothers and sisters let us use this advent period as a season of preparing to share God´s love with the world.
Let Us Pray
Almighty God, give us the grace to cast away the works of
darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the
time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ
came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when
he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.