Dec. 4 – Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent
1st Reading – Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27:1,4,13-13 The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Gospel – Matthew 9:27-31
(from the 1st reading of Isaiah)
Thus says the Lord GOD:
But a very little while,
and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,
and the orchard be regarded as a forest!
On that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book;
And out of gloom and darkness,
the eyes of the blind shall see.
…Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding,
and those who find fault shall receive instruction.
Do you ever have one of those days – or weeks or month– where you just feel defeated? No matter how hard you try to love, to seek the good in others, to do small things with great love, it doesn’t seem enough. You turn on the news, or turn on your computer, and are overwhelmed by the darkness – the news full of stories of hate and anger, friends’ posts on social media that are nothing but judgmental lectures, dire warnings, or self-righteous rants. You feel like the little you do to bring the light and love of Christ to the world is just lost in the clamor.
The promise in Isaiah today can lift us up, out of the gloom. “Hang on!” says the Lord. Do good, love deeply, live righteously, and – most of all – trust. He sees us. He knows us. Every small deed is counted and matters. Small things add up, and a few trees become an orchard, and the orchard will become as a forest!
And the eyes of the blind will be opened; ours, included.
Lord Jesus, open our eyes and our hearts. Give us strength to love. Give us courage to trust. Son of David, have pity on us. Amen.