Readings for Saturday of the First Week in Advent: Isaiah 30:19-21; 23-26; Psalm 147; Matthew 9:35-10:1,5, 6-8
"You shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you." Isaiah 30:19
These words from Isaiah in today's first reading are an eternal promise God has made (and kept) to His people, and to each one of us individually, in the past, present and the future. In the past--as we look forward to this Advent--for sending his Son to die for our sins. In the present, for answering our prayers (even if not always in the way we want) when we cry out to Him in our hour of need, "healing [our] every disease and infirmity." (Matthew 9:35). And in the future--as we also look forward to this Advent--in Christ's glorious Second Coming, when "he will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more." (Revelation 21:4) Let us hold fast to this promise today, tomorrow and forever.
God love you.