Scripture: 1st Reading: Is40,25-31; Resp. Psalm: Ps103,1-4,8,10; Gospel: Mt11,28-30
No one is like God. There is no one to whom we can compare Him. The word of God in today's First Reading makes it abundantly clear that God the Creator, Sustainer and all knowing, has no equal.
Our God is Almighty in power. Nothing is hidden from His sight. No one can hide from Him. He is everlasting; He knows no beginning or end. He does not faint or grow weary and His understanding I'd unsearchable. He empowers the faint and strengthens the weak.
This is why the word today teaches us that it is important for us to put all our trust in this God who alone has the solution to the myriads of issues confronting us in our lives. It tells us clearly that "youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for 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."
Our Lord, at His first historical coming, in one of the episodes in the gospel that we read today, fulfilled this prophecy of Isaiah in His person. He revealed Himself as the Son of the Father who cared, knew the needs of the people and acted positively in their favour.
Our Lord was clear and categorical in His statement. He invited all of us who labour and are heavy laden to come to Him. He promised to give us rest for our souls. He taught us to remove the yoke of the world from our shoulders and take His yoke instead.
This Advent is a time to consider the various ways we have burdened ourselves with pursuits that do us no good and distract us from our eternal destiny. As we await the Saviour's coming, let us learn from the example of life of Saint Lucy who gave her life totally to Christ and died as a martyr. Her name and life remind us of our Lord, the light of the world, who came to dispel the darkness of this world.
Let us pray: "May the glorious intercession of the Virgin and Martyr Saint Lucy give us new heart, we pray, O Lord, so that we may celebrate her heavenly birthday in this present age and so behold things eternal." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.