BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!
SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT
?Isa 35:1-10; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. Isa 35:4ff); Luke 5:17-26
?”BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4)
My dear, God wants you to begin this new working week with smiles and strong faith in him; do not allow anything to rob you of that. Learn from the determination of the friends of this paralytic in Luke 5:18-26. The crowd proved to be an obstacle to them but they still found a way to reach Jesus through the roof.?
There can be a lot of crowds trying to prevent us from seeing Jesus:
?That doctor’s report that says that you have an incurable disease;?
?That your boss or lecturer who has sworn to make your life miserable;?
?That business of yours that has refused to move on despite all your efforts;?
?That death of your loved one that makes you feel that the world has come to an end, etc.?
Listen! St. Paul says, even in the midst of all these, you are more than a conqueror (Rom 8:37). May you conquer every spirit that would try to hinder your progress henceforth, through Christ our Lord. Amen.?
It is therefore not a coincidence that the salvation oracle of Isaiah (Isa 35:1-10) is also presented to us today. Scholars believe that this oracle belong to the latter Isaiah which has a reversal and restoration message for the people. As it was for them, so shall it be for you. May God reverse all your ugly situations and restore his glory upon your life. Amen.?
Just be calm and continue walking on the way of firmness and righteousness as St. Ambrose did even before his appointment as the Bishop of Milan. In that case, God will raise up even your enemies to work for your good. Amen.?
I wish you a week of continual open doors and breakthroughs. It is well with you.??