Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Excerpted from the scripture reflection prepared for the September/October 2017 issue of Emmanuel by Brother John Barker, OFM, of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois.] The image this week is the eschatologial banquet, an image of abundance and well-being that signifies the absolute sovereignty of God and the ultimate salvation of his people “on that day.”

The passage from Isaiah is found in the middle of a section of the book sometimes called the “Apocalypse of Isaiah” (chapters 24-27). The section speaks of a cataclysmic judgment of the oppressive and abusive nations in which the earth itself is convulsed until God establishes his control over all creation and is enthroned on his holy mountain, Zion.