‘Console my people, console them’ says your God. ‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her that her time of service is ended, that her sin is atoned for, that she has received from the hand of the Lord double punishment for all her crimes.’
A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord. Make a straight highway for our God across the desert. Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low. Let every cliff become a plain, and the ridges a valley; then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all mankind shall see it; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’
Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion. Shout with a loud voice, joyful messenger to Jerusalem. Shout without fear, say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God.’
Here is the Lord coming with power, his arm subduing all things to him. The prize of his victory is with him, his trophies all go before him.
He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes.
First Reading for Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
All is for us… For our consolation, for our salvation.
The Lord comes – and in so many ways – in the ways we have come to know and to expect – in the word that is Scripture; in Sacrament; in the Church; in our personal prayer, and in the countless ways (especially ‘coincidences’) where the Lord comes to us show he is with us, but in a completely anonymous way.
All is for us…
- What comes to mind when you consider how the Lord has helped you?