Isaiah describes a new creation of universal happiness, ample food and good health for all. His words seem a stark contrast to our usual headlines. Is this wishful thinking? Not really. Isaiah envisions a future not yet fully realized, a future in-process.
Jesus shared Isaiah’s vision. He called it the kingdom of God. Jesus came to make this vision a reality, not merely by curing physical illnesses, but curing selfishness, pride, greed and hatred.
What’s more, Jesus said this kingdom was already in our midst. We get glimpses of it if we look closely: strangers helping strangers, selfless parents, devoted nurses, dedicated educators, smiling octogenarians, caring neighbors, teenage volunteers, generous donors, families welcoming newborns and much more.
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