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It's time for joy and hope

Commentary
After many weeks of heavy judgment texts we may all be ready to shout, "Give me a break!" This day, traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday, is exactly what we need. It's a day of respite, a time to pause for a shout of joy, a time to remember that in the darkest and heaviest of times God breaks through with a word of hope.

Isaiah, as we learned from the lesson two weeks ago, had every reason to be pessimistic. Little had turned out as they had hoped for the returnees from Exile. And what is a prophet's task in such times? It is to speak words of comfort and hope.
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