Wednesday 9th December – Wednesday of the 2nd week of Advent
Reflection: Isaiah 40:25 -31
Our joy as youths lies in our strength. This beautiful stage of our lives is marked by great physical and intellect strength. It is a stage in which almost anything conceivable can be achieved; a stage when we can stretch ourselves in order to gain knowledge, skills and all that is required to reach the peak of whatever career we have chosen in life.
Yet, are there times when situations and circumstances seem to limit what we can achieve in our youth? Are there times our big dreams and desires to excel are dampened by economic instability in our nation, financial constraint of our families, lack of access to educational facilities, lack of encouragement to undertake mind-bogging research etc? These moments can prove to be very discouraging for young people and limit their zeal for excellence and the strength that accompanies such zeal. These are moments when we are tempted to say like Israel, “my destiny is hidden from the Lord, my rights are ignored by my God”
Today, God calls us to hope in Him. He reminds us that everything about our lives lies in the hands of our Almighty Father who does not grow tired or weary. He reassures us that those who hope in Him shall renew their strength and never grow tired or weary (Isaiah 40:31). Where is your trust? Are you carrying your burdens alone? Please respond to Jesus’ call in the Gospel reading “come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Only in going to Jesus with hope, trust and confidence will you find the unwavering strength to put out wings like an eagle even in the face of difficult and discouraging situations.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you have promised in your word to give me rest. I come to you today asking that you grant me the grace to hope in you always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 486 – Why should we petition God?
God, who knows us through and through, knows what we need. Nevertheless, God wants us to ask, to turn to him in times of need, to cry out, implore, lament, call upon him, indeed, even to struggle with him in prayer.
HIDE A TREASURE: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 40: 25-31; Psalm 103: 1-4,8,10; Matthew 11: 28-30