Our first reading for this weekend is taken from that wonderful middle section of the book of the prophet Isaiah. This particular passage is fascinating and conveys a very important but often unremarked upon biblical truth: Israel is God’s chosen people—of all the nations of the world, God chose the Jews to be his special priestly people—but biblical revelation begins, in fact, with the creation of the world and the whole human race. God chooses Israel to play a priestly and prophetic role for the sake of everyone else and everything else.
Reading 1 – Isaiah 45:1-6
Psalm – Psalm 96:1-10
Reading 2 – 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Gospel – Matthew 22:15-21