Isaiah 11:1-10 “On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse and from his roots a bud shall blossom, it says in our first reading this Sunday. The last line reads, “On that day, the root of Jesse set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.” Jesse is David’s father and so represents the Davidic dynasty, which was decimated with the Babylonian Captivity. However there still remained a stump from which came to be Jesus, the promise of an eternal peace and joy.
Matthew 3:1-12 “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” In other words, get ready to meet Maker and Judge. You will be judged according to the “good fruit” of God working within you. John makes it clear that they will not be judged righteous just because they were born Jewish (or us, Catholic). “Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and throw into the fire.”
“The one who is coming is mightier than I.” “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance.” He will baptize you with Holy Spirit and fire,” the fire of an intensity of life in the Lord.
He “will gather wheat into his barn(heaven), but the chaff (those who do not repent) he will burn with unquenchable fire.”(hell)
Romans 15:4-9. The Scriptures Paul speaks about here are the Old Testament readings which we can interpret to have references to the future Messiah, Jesus. That is the way, I believe, the first reading is to be understood. “Think in harmony with one another” A church that operates harmoniously will be a wonderful symbol of Jesus presence on earth. Paul writes “Christ became a minister of the circumcised (the Jews) to show God’s truthfulness, to confirm the promises of the patriarchs, but so that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.” Jesus is Messiah/Savior of all peoples to the glory of God.