It sets before us words of hope and confidence.
Say to all faint hearts,
‘Courage! Do not be afraid.
Look, your God is coming,
vengeance is coming,
the retribution of God;
he is coming to save you.’
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
the ears of the deaf unsealed,
then the lame shall leap like a deer
and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy;
for water gushes in the desert,
streams in the wasteland,
the scorched earth becomes a lake,
the parched land springs of water.
The image above comes from the image of Our Lady, in the Lady Chapel in hte Catholic church in Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield. The image seems to show Mary aware of all the reasons for worry and concern, but confident in the promises of God, and certain in her own ability to love and care for her son, that he might grow secure, cared for.
That same confidence and certainty informs the life of the Church – it is not accidental that one of the title under which Mary is honoured is ‘Mother of the Church’. She sets a pattern the Church and each Christian strives to follow.
In some sense Mary is the fulfilment of those promises – by the grace of God, secure in the redemption won by her Son.
- Today how might we fulfil the promises of God in our own lives?
- And the life of those around us?
Our Lady and the child Jesus. St Nicholas church, Boldmere. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.