YOU SHALL WEEP NO MORE! (Isa 30:19)

tmp-cam-1967866326⏰Saturday of the First Week of Advent (3 December 2016 – Memorial of St. Francis Xavier)

????Isa 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. Isa 30:18); Matt 9:35 – 10:1, 5a, 6-8

YOU SHALL WEEP NO MORE! (Isa 30:19)

My dear, listen to Isaiah talking to all of us, Blessed are all those who wait for the Lord (Isa 30:18).

The people of Israel had neglected Gods earlier warnings against forming alliance with foreign nations (see Isa 7). Here, in Isa 30:18-26, the prophet tries to assure the people that God has not given up on them, and that if they come back to God and remain with him, he will wipe their tears and make them prosper in the Land.

Look at the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) as a good example of what Isaiah is saying there. When the son left the fathers house even against the fathers will, he went into great suffering. But the father never gave up on him. In fact, from the attitude of the father in Luke 15:20, we can see that the father was even looking out for him to come back.

Gods compassion for us is so enormous. That compassion moves him to carry our troubles all by himself (cf. Matt 9:35 10:1). Remember that in order to benefit from that, we must wait for him. Waiting for him means repenting from our sins and trusting in God.

St. Francis Xavier was a man of noble descent, who was driven by ambition after everything worldly until he met St. Ignatius of Loyola. He became a changed person, who treasured God more than anything else. We too can do the same thing.

As you wait for the Lord, may he dry your tears and take care of your different troubles so that your songs would be that of joy at the victory won. Amen.

I wish you a happy and restful weekend. It is well with you.

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2 Responses

  1. Felicia Oji says:

    Happy first week of Advent

  2. igbansplc says:

    Powerful wordings

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