It wasn't deliberate commentary.
It just happened.
For me, it overshadowed the fine homily that Father Glen gave in due time.
The lector - like his wife and their two children, all of them lectors - always reads clearly, smoothly, and well. But today...
"For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
[he paused, his breath becoming ragged]
beat their swords
[he paused, to hold back tears]
[he paused, overwhelmed by the hope and the tragedy together]
and their spears [a quick gulp]
into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not [deep breaths] raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
[He stopped briefly - sober,
holding this God-given direction together with our realities.]
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!"
His emotion - particularly as we all saw him trying to contain it - was a powerful testament to the fact that Isaiah 2:4-5 is God's call to us NOW.
He didn't defend himself from the power and pathos and immediacy of Isaiah's words. Because of this, in a vivid and true way, he let Isaiah speak to us directly.
Startled and moved, we were given two things:
one man touched by what he read to us,
and the words themselves, "broken and shared,"
so that we heard them raw and Holy.
Thank you, Greg Ederer.