Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/121116.cfm
The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; they will meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee.
“Be strong, fear not!” These are the words we need to hear today. The world is trying to suppress the word of God, but we need to hear these words. We need to know that our God Is coming to save us! He will make you strong, if only you will believe.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe in your words, they make me strong. Help me to bring this word to those who are afraid. I know that with you I have nothing to fear. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise and thanksgiving, Amen!
Lord, come and save us, Alleluia.