Today is a day to remember that no matter what trial – yes, even horrors – we have experienced in life, we have a God who loves us and we have a destiny of glory that no person nor circumstance can take from us.
But my life is so empty and no one seems to care!
“The wilderness and the parched land will exult;
the Arabah [the steppe] will rejoice and bloom.” (Is 35:1)
I can’t do it anymore. I’m so tired of everything.
“Strengthen hands that are feeble,
make firm knees that are weak,
say to the fearful of heart:
Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God…He comes to save you.” (Is 35:3-4)
I am without hope.
“And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
they meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning flee away.” (Is 35:10)
I don’t know if I can make it.
“Be patient, therefore, brothers [and sisters],
until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient with it
until it receives the early and the late rains.
You too must be patient.
Make your hearts firm,
because the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (Jas 5:7-8)
Where is God in all of this? Is He really there?
When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Messiah,
he sent his disciples to him [Jesus] with this question,
“Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
I feel worthless. Does God even care?
Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
If you can count yourself among the least in this world, then know that God does care and loves you and is with you right now.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things,
nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39)
PEACE BE TO YOU!
This is the 3rd Sunday of Advent and the scripture passages from Isaiah, James, and Matthew are the Lectionary readings for today.
All quoted scripture passages have been taken from The New American Bible Revised Edition, World Catholic Press, 2010.