THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 8
Today’s reading: Isaiah 29:17-24
The world today is a far cry from the paradise God created.
This is because of sin. But God is about restoration, and
His ultimate aim is to bring us back to paradise, to heaven.
That is when “Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,
and the orchard be considered a forest!” (v.17b). That
is when every wrong thing will be overturnedwhen “the
deaf shall hear” (v.18a) and “the eyes of the
blind shall see” (v.18b).
is when the poor and the oppressed will be raised up to eternal
joy. “The lowly shall again find joy in the Lord, the
poorest rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (v.19).
The tyrants who have oppressed them, especially the rich and
powerful, shall be no more (v.20a). Those who unjustly deprived
others, especially the poor, will be no more (v.21c). Evil,
lording it over the world through all this time, will finally
be cut off (v.20c).
is when all those who were bowed down will hold their heads
high. Those whose dignity was trampled will be held in honor.
Those who are afraid will fear no more. “No longer shall
Jacob be ashamed, no longer shall his face grow pale.”
Yes, Lord, we want that. When will it happen? “Surely,
in a very little while” (v.17a). Yes, we are already
in the end times. But the delay in Jesus’ return is
the opportunity given us to return to him, before the final
period of restoration is already now and is already underway.
We need to prepare ourselves, and the world, for the coming
of our Lord. This is basically through the work of evangelization.
As we share Christ, more and more people will meet Christ
and will live Christ. More and more will return to God and
give Him the worship that is His due. “They shall sanctify
my name; they shall sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, be in
awe of the God of Israel.” (v.13b).