St. Isaiah & the Value of Reading God's Word

St. Isaiah
by Raphael (1511-1512)
St. Isaiah the Prophet offers us great reason to embrace with great heart each reading we hear at mass and to spend fair time outside of church with Scripture.  For, fruit is always born from God’s Word …

Yet just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down
And do not return there till they have watered the earth,
     making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
     and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me empty,
     but shall do what pleases me,
    achieving the end for which I sent it.

-Isaiah 55:10-11